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The Construction of Causal Schemes: A Cognitive Analysis with a Dialectical Point 

written by Andrea A. diSessa

This paper sketches a careful analysis of an exceptional classroom event where students develop, without explicit instruction, a model equivalent to Newton's thermal law as a composition of intuitive knowledge elements. Lessons about how social (cultural, discursive, situated, etc.) and cognitive perspectives may interact are put forward.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified March 11, 2010

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