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ERIC Number: EJ1090854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2295-3159
Meanings Are Acquired from Experiencing Differences against a Background of Sameness, Rather than from Experiencing Sameness against a Background of Difference: Putting a Conjecture to the Test by Embedding It in a Pedagogical Tool
Marton, Ference; Pang, Ming Fai
Frontline Learning Research, v1 n1 p24-41 2013
In helping learners to make a novel meaning their own, such as when helping children to understand what a word means or teaching students a new concept in school, we frequently point to examples that share the aimed-at meaning but differ otherwise. This type of approach rests on the assumption that novel meanings can be acquired through the experience of sameness against a background of difference. This paper argues that this assumption is unfounded and that the opposite is the case: we make novel meanings our own through the experience of differences against a background of sameness. We put this conjecture to the test in an experimental study by embedding it in a computer game and the results support the conjecture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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