Conceptual Change Through Collaboration

Authored by: Naomi Miyake

International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415898829
eBook ISBN: 9780203154472
Adobe ISBN: 9781136578212


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We sometimes engage in conversation about a phenomenon none of us “understands” at first and eventually find some plausible explanation, by exchanging proposals and scrutinizing them collaboratively. This chapter characterizes such a social, collaborative endeavor as a cause of conceptual change in its broader sense, proposes cognitive mechanisms for how it is possible, and relates the research on how to support such collaborative conceptual change to emerging research questions in learning sciences.

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