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Paul Thagard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190678722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190678722.001.0001

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Education

Education

Teaching and Conceptual Change

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(p.318) 12 Education
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Mind-Society
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Paul Thagard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190678722.003.0012

Semantic pointers provide new insights into learning by specifying what kinds of representations need to be developed in the brains of learners who are acquiring complex information. Some of this information is verbal, but learners need to be able to integrate this verbal information with other modalities such as pictures and sounds. A social cognitive-emotional workup of the vaccine debate shows how people can learn why vaccines are valuable for public health and the protection of children. Teaching people about vaccines requires communication of many kinds of mental representation: concepts, values, images, beliefs, rules, analogies, and emotions. Educating people about vaccines needs to take into account the complexity of the emotions and the inferences required. Teaching requires many different kinds of conceptual change.

Keywords:   conceptual change, education, learning, multimodal, neuroeducation, teaching, vaccination, value

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