ERIC Number: ED436426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
An Exploration of Situated Cognition in Two Professional Crafts: Upholstery and Gardening.
A report on some pilot research which explores ways of investigating the mathematics used in two professional crafts: upholstery and gardening. The paper considers observations and conversations in the light of J. Lave and E. Wenger's theory of situated cognition. It describes a situation in which cognition had to be transferred because of a change in materials. The essay examines the spatial relationships in the structure of the materials and the way that they are used. It demonstrates that the passing on of skills and knowledge displays many similarities with the apprenticeship system described by Lave. Finally, the paper discusses the effectiveness of the research method. (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Adults Learning Mathematics Conference (4th, Limerick, Ireland, July 4-6, 1997).