Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and Educational Considerations

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Gavriel Salomon
Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Psychology - 275 pages
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Traditionally, human cognition has been seen and studied as existing solely "inside" a person, irrelevant to the social, physical, and artifactual context in which cognition takes place. This book reexamines the nature of cognition and proposes that a clearer understanding of human cognition would be achieved if it were conceptualized and studied as distributed among individuals; knowledge is socially constructed through collaborative efforts toward shared objectives within cultural surroundings, and that information is processed among individuals and the tools and artifacts provided by culture. The contributors to this thought-provoking text enhance their arguments by offering examples from daily life and educational activities. Researchers in a number of social and scientific fields will welcome this book.
  

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Contents

A culturalhistorical approach to distributed cognition
1
Practices of distributed intelligence and designs for education
47
Personplus a distributed view of thinking and learning
88
No distribution without individuals cognition a dynamic interactional view
111
Living knowledge the social distribution of cultural resources for thinking
139
Finding cognition in the classroom an expanded view of human intelligence
164
Distributed expertise in the classroom
188
On the distribution of cognition some reflections
229
Index
263
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