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ERIC Number: EJ864782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Cultural Artifact and Children's Understanding of the Shape of the Earth: The Case of Moroccan Children
Troadec, Bertrand; Zarhbouch, Benaissa; Frede, Valerie
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v24 n4 p485-498 Dec 2009
The non-computational brand of cognitivism is based on the premise that performances, including those of children, are generated by mental models or representations, i.e., "internal" resources. The sociocultural approach, on the other hand, regards context, i.e., an "external" resource, as the chief means of elaborating knowledge. The results of empirical research on how Moroccan children develop their understanding of the shape and properties of the Earth highlight some of the limitations not only of the representationalist paradigm but also of the more "radical" socioculturalist approach. They show that, while the sociocultural context does indeed play a vital role in the development of understanding, the latter in turn helps to increase children's autonomy of mind. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Morocco; Sweden