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Cognition in Practice : Mind, Mathematics and Culture in Everyday Life - Jean Lave

Cognition in Practice

Mind, Mathematics and Culture in Everyday Life

By: Jean Lave

Paperback Published: 10th October 1988
ISBN: 9780521357340
Number Of Pages: 232

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In this innovative study, Jean Lave moves the analysis of one particular form of cognitive activity--arithmetic problem-solving--out of the laboratory and into the domain of everyday life. In so doing, she shows how mathematics in the "real world", such as that entailed in grocery shopping or dieting, is, like all thinking, shaped by the dynamic encounter between the culturally-endowed mind and its total context, a subtle interaction that shapes both the human subject and the world within which it acts.

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"...a new, improved view of cognition.." Journal for Research in Mathematics Education "Narrowly construed, Cognition in Practice is a study of the use of arithmetic outside of school. This research should be read by anyone interested in education. Jean Lave's aims are much broader, however. She is interested not just in one form of cognition or practice, but in the relations among cognition, practice, culture, and society generally. Her work is written for and deserves a wide audience of social scientists." Contemporary Sociology

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction: psychology and anthropology I
Theory in Practice
Missionaries and cannibals (indoors)
Life after school
Psychology and anthropology II
Practice in Theory
Inside the supermarket (outdoors) and from the veranda
Out of trees of knowledge into fields for activity
Through the supermarket
Outdoors: a social anthropology of cognition in practice
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ISBN: 9780521357340
ISBN-10: 0521357349
Series: Learning in Doing
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 10th October 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.85  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.36