Daily Archives: September 25, 2015

Culture and Experience matter in Children’s Reasoning about Biological Entities

This experiment considers young children’s construals of biological phenomena and the forces that shape them, using Carey’s category-based induction task that demonstrated anthropocentric reasoning in young urban children. Previous followup work questioning the generality of her results (including our own) … Continue reading

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Culture and Epistemologies: Putting Culture back into the Ecosystem

This chapter reviews a body of research on cultural differences in framework theories for engaging with nature, focusing primary on Indigenous American and European-American comparisons. Native-American samples reveal a pattern of converging observations that point to a relational epistemological orientation … Continue reading

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Culture in the Classroom

Culture is everywhere in our schools and classrooms, including in places where we least expect it. That influences everything about student learning, including how children see themselves in relation to nature. For educators, understanding that classrooms and the things in … Continue reading

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Teachers as Cultural Workers: Letters to Those Who Dare Teach

Teachers as Cultural Workers is a book by Paulo Freire for educators – for all who have an interest in the processes of teaching and learning, whether in the Third World or the First World, with adults or children. Freire … Continue reading

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Constructing Autopoiesis

This essay attempts to explain through an analysis of the limitations of the Lakoff, Johnson and Turner school of cognition and meaning-making, why exactly Arakawa and Gins’ analogical relations with the cognitive science of Maturana and Varela and the philosophy … Continue reading

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Jazz and Emergence

Complexity and the Aesthetics and Politics of Emergent Form in Jazz. This essay inquires into the history of jazz from Be-Bop composing practices of the 1940’s, to the development of Free Jazz in the  1960’s, in terms of the concepts … Continue reading

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