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ERIC Number: EJ811891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
"Conceptual Change" as both Revolutionary and Evolutionary Process
Keiny, Shoshana
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n1 p61-72 Feb 2008
Our argument concerning the debate around the process of "conceptual change" is that it is both an evolutionary learning process and a revolutionary paradigm change. To gain a deeper understanding of the process, the article focuses on the discourse of educational facilitators participating in a community of learners. Applying the methodology of "Semiotic Evolution," the micro-process of learning within the group was traced. Analysis of the interaction between individual learning and group learning within the discourse enabled us to postulate a hypothetical three-stage model of the process. The model indicates that conceptual change is an experiential change rather than a cognitive one, an intentional change of identity, a change of the person's relationship with the world. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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