Self-Organization in Conceptual Growth

Practical Implications

Authored by: Carl Bereiter , Marlene Scardamalia

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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In the famous debate between Chomsky and Piaget (Piatelli-Palmarini, 1980), which included a number of other leading philosophers and scientists, the problem of explaining conceptual growth and change proved so intractable that Fodor was led to declare:

There literally isn’t such a thing as the notion of learning a conceptual system richer than the one that one already has; we simply have no idea of what it would be like to get from a conceptually impoverished to a conceptually richer system by anything like a process of learning.

(Fodor, 1980, p. 149)

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