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ERIC Number: EJ925855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Intercorporeality and Ethical Commitment: An Activity Perspective on Classroom Interaction
Radford, Luis; Roth, Wolff-Michael
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v77 n2-3 p227-245 Jul 2011
In this article, we present a sociocultural alternative to contemporary constructivist conceptions of classroom interaction. Drawing on the work of Vygotsky and Leont'ev, we introduce an approach that offers a new perspective through which to understand the "specifically human" forms of knowing that emerge when people engage in joint activity. To this end, we present two concepts: "space of joint action" and "togethering." The "space of joint action" allows us to capture the collective and sensuous or "inter"corporeal dimensions of thought and feeling in interaction. We resort to the concept of "togethering" to capture the ethical commitment participants make to engage in and produce activity. These concepts are illustrated through a discussion of concrete episodes from an elementary mathematics classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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