Contexts and “Warm-Blooded” Cognitions

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 156–157. Reviews the book, Context and Cognition: Ways of Learning and Knowing edited by Paul H. Light and George E. Butterworth (1992). This volume advances our understanding of the situated nature of cognition, especially in demonstrating how thinking, knowing, and problem solving are bounded by contextual constraints or opportunities. The ideas developed about the nature and function of situated cognition have particular relevance for psychologists interested in the development of cognitive processes and how they might be altered by carefully planned, theoretically rooted changes in contexts. Most of the chapters provide theoretical and practical insights for those psychologists interested in the interface of cognition and education as well as for those occupying leadership roles in the educational reform movement. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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