Thinking as Communicating: Human Development, the Growth of Discourses, and Mathematizing by Anna SfardThinking as Communicating: Human Development, the Growth of Discourses, and Mathematizing by Anna Sfard

Thinking as Communicating: Human Development, the Growth of Discourses, and Mathematizing

byAnna Sfard

Paperback | February 22, 2010

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This book contributes to the current debate about how to think and talk about human thinking so as to resolve or bypass such time-honored quandaries as the controversy of nature vs. nurture, the body and mind problem, the question of learning transfer, and the conundrum of human consciousness. The author responds to the challenge by introducing her own "commognitive" conceptualization of human thinking. She argues for this special approach with the help of examples of mathematical thinking. Except for its contribution to theorizing on human development, the book is relevant to researchers looking for methodological innovations, and to mathematics educators seeking pedagogical insights and improvements.
Title:Thinking as Communicating: Human Development, the Growth of Discourses, and MathematizingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:February 22, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521161541

ISBN - 13:9780521161541

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Discourse on Thinking: 1. Puzzling about (mathematical) thinking; 2. Objectification; 3. Commognition: thinking as communicating; 4. Thinking in language; Part II. Mathematics as Discourse: 5. Mathematics as a form of communication; 6. Objects of mathematical discourse: what mathematizing is all about; 7. Routines: how we mathematize; 8. Explorations, deeds, and rituals: what we mathematize for; 9. Looking back and ahead: solving old quandaries and facing new ones.

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"...a comprehensive, coherent and scientific framework for thinking about thinking... In this ambitious book, Sfard sets forth a meticulously-developed framework for thinking about thinking that she labels the commognitive framework...There are two clear audiences for this book. One is philosophers and researchers interested in issues of thinking, in general. The second is those interested in mathematical thinking, in particular, including mathematicians, mathematics education researchers and those interested primarily in advancing mathematical learning..." --Erna Yackel, Purdue University, Research in Mathematics Education