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ERIC Number: EJ829252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Why Do Gestures Matter? Sensuous Cognition and the Palpability of Mathematical Meanings
Radford, Luis
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v70 n2 p111-126 Mar 2009
The goal of this article is to present a sketch of what, following the German social theorist Arnold Gehlen, may be termed "sensuous cognition." The starting point of this alternative approach to classical mental-oriented views of cognition is a multimodal "material" conception of thinking. The very texture of thinking, it is suggested, cannot be reduced to that of impalpable ideas; it is instead made up of speech, gestures, and our actual actions with cultural artifacts (signs, objects, etc.). As illustrated through an example from a Grade 10 mathematics lesson, thinking does not occur solely "in" the head but also "in" and "through" a sophisticated semiotic coordination of speech, body, gestures, symbols and tools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
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Language: English
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