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ERIC Number: EJ942236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Learning and the Social Nature of Mental Powers
Davis, Andrew
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v37 n5 p635-647 Oct 2005
Over the last two decades the traditional conception of intelligence and other mental powers as stable individual assets has been challenged by approaches in psychology emphasising context and "situated cognition". This paper argues that the debate should not be seen as an empirical dispute, and relates it to discussions in philosophy of mind between methodological solipsists and varieties of externalists. In the light of this I argue that attempts to conceptualise the identity over time of mental powers qua individual assets run into intractable difficulties. Hence "individual asset" views of many abilities should be abandoned. Implications for education policy particularly in regard to assessment are explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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