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ERIC Number: EJ825385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Conceptual Change--Multiple Routes, Multiple Mechanisms: A Commentary on Ohlsson (2009)
Chinn, Clark A.; Samarapungavan, Ala
Educational Psychologist, v44 n1 p48-57 Jan 2009
This article presents a commentary on Stellan Ohlsson's (2009) theory of conceptual change by resubsumption and competitive evaluation of cognitive utility. We note two features of Ohlsson's theory that we think are particularly strong. We then argue that Ohlsson's theory explains one route to conceptual change but that there are many other routes to conceptual change that require mechanisms other than Ohlsson's. We discuss a number of these "multiple routes to conceptual change." Theories of conceptual change should attempt to explain the broad diversity of routes along which conceptual change occurs. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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