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ERIC Number: EJ1148386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
The Representation of Reality in Teaching: A "Mimetic Didactic" Perspective on Examples in Plenary Talk
Willbergh, Ilmi
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v61 n5 p616-627 2017
Using an observation study in Norwegian lower-secondary school classrooms this paper explores how subject matter and students' real-world experiences are linked within the use of examples in teaching. The theory of "mimetic didactics" claims that giving students the possibility to interpret examples as both subject matter and something that is relevant to their own lives becomes a possibility through imaginative "as-if" experiences. The study finds that "as-if" experiences in the data are created by identifying with others and through a context-dependent knowledge base. The topics in the examples actualise being human within the political, economic and existential realm and offer possibilities to make knowledge relevant for the students' future. The study's contribution to classroom research comprises new concepts on the content aspects of classroom talk: the questions of knowledge accumulation and purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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