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Education Learning: Theory and Pratice

About Learning: References and Further Readings

References are grouped according to the article in which they are cited or with which they are associated.

Learning Inside the Head by Elsa Feher
Learning in Context by Laura Martin
Playing and Learning, by Judy Diamond
The Importance of Place, by Rob Semper
The Role of Emotions, by Caryl Marsh

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Readings for "Learning Inside the Head" by Elsa Feher

Bruer, John T. "Chapter 1: Applying What We Know in Our Schools: A New Theory of Learning." In Schools for Thought: A Science of Learning in the Classroom, pp. 1-18. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1993.
Bruner, Jerome S. "Chapter One: The Proper Study of Man." In Acts of Meaning, pp. 1-32. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Carey, Susan. "Reorganization of Knowledge in the Course of Acquisition." In Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and Historical Development, edited by Sydney Strauss, pp.1-27 Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1988.
Churchland, Paul M. "Chapter 1: Introduction" In The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain, pp. 3-19. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.
Cohen, David. "Chapter 2: Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development." In Piaget: Critique and Assessment, pp. 27-51. London: Croom Helm, 1983.
Driver, Rosalind and Beverley Bell. "Students’ Thinking and the Learning of Science: A Constructivist View." School Science Review 67, 240 (1986): 443+456.


von Glasersfeld, Ernst. "A Constructivist Approach to Teaching." In Constructivism in Education, edited by Leslie P. Steffie and Jerry Gale, pp. 3+15. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995.

Kuhn, Thomas. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.
McCloskey, Michael. "Naive Theories of Motion." In Mental Models, edited by D. Gentner and A.L. Stevens, pp. 299-324. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1983.
Piaget, Jean. "Chapter VI: The Floating of Boats." In The Child's Conception of Physical Causality, pp.135-163. Totawa, N.J: Littlefield, Adams & Co., 1969.
Posner, George J., Kenneth A. Strike, Peter W. Hewson, and William A. Gertzog. "Accomodation of a Scientific Conception: Toward a Theory of Conceptual Change." Science Education 66, 2 (1982): 211-227.
Resnick, Lauren B. "Mathematics and Science Learning: A New Conception." Science 220 (April 1983): 477-478.
Roschelle, Jeremy. "Learning in Interactive Environments: Prior Knowledge and New Experience." In Public Institutions for Personal Learning, edited by John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking, pp. 37+51. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1995.

Wiser, Marianne. "The Differentiation of Heat and Temperature: History of Science and Novice-Expert Shift." In Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and Historical Development, edited by Sidney Strauss, pp. 28-48. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1988.

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Readings for "Learning in Context" by Laura Martin

Collins, Allan, John Seely Brown, and Ann Holum. "Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Invisible." American Educator, 15, 3 (Winter 1991): 6+11, 38+46.

Cole, Michael and Peg Griffin, eds. Contextual Factors in Education: Improving Science and Mathematics Education for Minorities and Women. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, 1987.
Cole, Michael and Sylvia Scribner. Culture and Thought: A Psychological Introduction. New York: Wiley, 1974.
Hatano, Giyoo and Kayoko Inagaki. "Desituating Cognition through the Construction of Conceptual Knowledge." In Context and Cognition: Ways of Learning and Knowing, edited by P. Light and G. Butterworth, pp. 115+133. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993.

Heath, Shirley Brice. "'It’s About Winning!' The Language of Knowledge in Baseball." In Perspectives in Socially Shared Cognition, edited by L.B. Resnick, J.M. Levine, and S.D. Teasley, pp. 101+124. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1991.

Hirst, William and David Manier. "Opening Vistas for Cognitive Psychology." In Sociocultural Psychology: Theory and Practice of Doing and Knowing, edited by Laura Martin, Katherine Nelson, and Ethel Tobach, pp. 89-124. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Hutchins, Edwin. "Learning to Navigate." In Understanding Practice: Perspectives on Activity and Context, edited by Seth Chaiklin and Jean Lave, pp. 35+63. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Istomina, Z. M. "The Development of Voluntary Memory in Preschool-age Children." Soviet Psychology, 13 (1975): 5-64.
Jacob, Evelyn. "Culture, Context, and Cognition." In The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education. New York: Academic Press, 1992.
Lave, Jean, Michael Murtaugh, and Olivia de la Rocha. "The Dialectic of Arithmetic in Grocery Shopping." In EverydayCognition: Its Development in Social Context, edited by Barbara Rogoff and Jean Lave, pp. 67+94. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984.



Moll, L.C., C. Amanti, D. Neff, and N. Gonzalez. "Funds of Knowledge for Teaching: Using a Qualitative Approach to Connect Homes and Classrooms." Theory Into Practice, XXXI, 2 (1992): 132+141.

Nemirovsky, Ricardo. "Don’t Tell Me How Things Are, Tell Me How You See Them." In LabNet: Toward a Community of Practice, edited by R. Ruopp, S. Gal, B. Drayton, and M. Pfister, pp. 269+280. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992.

Newman, Denis, Donald Morrison, and Frederick Torcs. "The Conflict Between Teaching And Scientific Sense-Making: The Case Of A Curriculum On Seasonal Change." Interactive Learning Environments. [publisher information] 1993.
Rogoff, Barbara and Jean Lave, eds. Everyday Cognition: Its Development in Social Context. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.
Scribner, Sylvia. "Cognitive Studies of Work." Quarterly Newsletter of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cogntion, 6,12 (1984). Whole issue.
Wertsch, J. V. Vygtosky and the Social Formation of Mind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985.


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Readings for "Playing and Learning," by Judy Diamond

Apter, Michael J., and John H. Kerr. "Chapter 12: The Nature, Function and Value of Play," in Adult Play, ed. John H. Kerr and Michael J. Apter, 163+176. Amsterdam: Swets and Zeitlinger, 1991.

Bateson, Gregory. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. New York: Ballantine, 1972.
Bekoff, Marc. "Animal Play: Problems and Perspectives." In Perspectives in Ethology, Volume 2, edited by P.P.G. Bateson and P.H. Klopfer. New York: Plenum Publishing Co., 1976.
Bekoff, Marc. "The Development of Social Interaction, Play, and Metacommunication in Mammals: An Ethological Perspective." Quarterly Review of Biology 47 (1972): 412-434.
Bruner, Jerome S. "Nature and Uses of Immaturity." American Psychologist 27, no. 8 (1972): 28+60.



Bruner, Jerome S., Allison Jolly, and Kathy Sylva. Play - Its Role in Development and Evolution. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1976.
Dansky, Jeffrey L., and Irwin William Silverman. "Effects of Play on the Associative Fluency in Preschool-Aged Children." Developmental Psychology 9, no. 1 (1973): 38+43.

Dansky, Jeffrey L. and Irwin William Silverman. "Play: A General Facilitator of Associative Fluency." Developmental Psychology 11,1 (1975): 104.
Dansky, Jeffrey L. "Make-Believe: A Mediator of the Relationship between Play and Associative Fluency." Child Development 51 (1980): 576-579.
Diamond, Judy. "Sex Differences in Museums." Curator 37, no. 1 (1994): 17+24.

Diamond, Judy. "California Academy of Sciences Discovery Room." Curator 31, no. 3 (1988): 157+166.

Diamond, Judy, Mark St. John, Beth Cleary, and Darlene Librero. "The Exploratorium’s Explainer Program: The Long-Term Impacts on Teenagers of Teaching Science to the Public." Science Education 71, no. 5 (1987) 643+656.

Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Irenäus. Ethology, the Biology of Behavior. New York: Holt, Rinehartand Winston, 1975.
Erikson, Eric. "Sex Differences in Play Configurations of Pre-Adolescents." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 21 (1951): 667+692.



Fagan, Robert. "Evolutionary Issues in Development of Behavioral Flexibility," in Perspectives in Ethology, Volume 5, ed. P.P.G. Bateson and P.H. Klopfer, 365+383. New York: Plenum Press, 1982.

Garvey, Catherine. Play. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Hutt, Corinne. "Exploration and Play in Children." Symposia of the Zoological Society of London 18 (1966): 61-81.
Kremer, Kristin Benne and Gary W. Mullins. "Children's Gender Behavior at Science Museum Exhibits." Curator 35, 1 (1992): 39-48.
Lever, Janet. "Sex Differences in the Complexity of Children's Play and Games." American Sociological Review 43 (1978): 471-483.
Martin, Paul and T.M. Caro. "On the Functions of Play and Its Role in BehavioralDevelopment." In Advances in the Study of Behavior, edited by J.S. Rosenblatt, C. Beer, M.C. Busnel, and P.J.B. Slater, 15 (1985): 59-103.
Mueller-Schwarze, Dietland. Evolution of Play Behavior. Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Inc., 1978.
Pellegrini, Anthony D. "Chapter 13: The Effects of Exploration and Play on Young Children's Associative Fluency: A Review and Extension of Training Studies." In Child's Play: Developmental and Applied, edited by T.D. Yawkwy and A.D. Pellegrini, pp. 237-253. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1984.


Pepler, Debra J., and Hildy S. Ross. "The Effects of Play on Convergent and Divergent Problem Solving." Child Development 52 (1981): 1202+1210.

Piaget, Jean. Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1962.
Poirier, Frank E. and Euclid O. Smith. "Socializing Functions of Primate Play." American Zoologist 14 (1974): 275-287.
Smith, Peter K. and Tony Simon. "Chapter 9: Object Play, Problem Solving and Creativity in Children." In Play in Animals and Humans, edited by P.K. Smith, pp. 199-216. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984.
Sylva, Kathy, Jerome S. Bruner, and Paul Genova. "The Role of Play in the Problem Solving of Children 3+5 Years Old," in Play: Its Role in Development and Evolution, ed. Jerome S. Bruner, Allison Jolly, and Kathy Sylva, 244+257. New York: Basic Books, 1976.
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Readings for "The Importance of Place" by Rob Semper

Carr, Stephen, Mark Francis, Leanne G. Rivlin, and Andrew M. Stone. Public Space. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Hall, Edward T. The Hidden Dimension. New York: Doubleday, 1966.

Hiss, Tony. "Chapter 1: Simultaneous Perception." In The Experience of Place, pp. 3-41. New York: Random House, 1990.


Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1960.

Moore, Gary T. "The Physical Environment and Cognitive Development in Child-Care Centers." In Spaces for Children: The Built Environment and Child Development, edited by Carol Simon Weinstein and Thomas G. David, pp. 41-88. New York: Plenum Press, 1987.
Passini, Romedi. "Chapter 2: What Are Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding?" In Wayfinding in Architecture, pp. 27-52. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992.
Proshansky, Harold M., William H. Ittelson, and Leanne G. Rivlin, eds. Environmental Psychology: People and Their Physical Setting. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976.
Sommer, Robert. "Chapter 1: Values in the Design Process - The Axiology of Space." In Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis of Design, pp. 3-11. New York: Prentice Hall, 1969.
Stokols, Daniel. "The Paradox of Environmental Psychology." American Psychologist 50, no. 10 (1995): 821-837.
Weinstein, Carol Simon and Thomas G. David, ed. Spaces for Children: The Built Environment and Child Development. New York: Plenum Press, 1987.
Whyte, William H. City: Rediscovering the Center. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

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Readings for "The Role of Emotions," by Caryl Marsh

Berlyne, Daniel E. Conflict, Arousal, and Curiosity. New York: McGraw Hill, 1960

Cartwright, Dorwin and Alvin Zander, eds. Group Dynamics, 2nd ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1953/1960.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihalyi. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihalyi, and Rick Robinson. The Art of Seeing: An Interpretation of the Esthetic Encounter. Malibu, Calif.: J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1990.
Gibson, J.J. "Observations on Active Touch." Psychological Review 69,6 (1962): 477-491.

Hodgkin, Robin A. Born Curious: New Perspectives in Educational Theory. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1976.
Lewis, R.W.B. The Jameses: A Family Narrative. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. (Quotation is from William James, The Meaning of Truth.)
Marsh, Caryl. A Neighborhood Museum that Works. Museum News 47 (October 1968): 11-16.

Marsh, Caryl. "Opening the Way for Questions: Techniques for Encouraging the Expression of Curiosity," NorthEast Training News 2, (2): 8-9 (October 1980).

Marsh, Caryl. "The Discovery Room: How It All Began." Journal of Museum Education 12,2 (Spring/Summer 1987): 3-5,13.
Museum Studies DatabaseMiller, George. "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information." Psychological Review 63,2 (1956): 81-97.
Piaget, Jean. Six Psychological Studies. New York: Random House, 1967.


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