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Symbolic resources and sense-making in learning and instruction

Zittoun, Tania

In: European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2017, vol. 32, no. 1, p. 1-12

This paper presents the concept of symbolic resources for apprehending sense-making in learning and instruction. It first reminds the centrality of sense-making in learning and instruction from a sociocultural perspective, and proposes a pragmatist approach to examine what sorts of knowledge people use when they face situations that matter. The paper then presents two series of studies of...

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Dynamic memories of the collective past

Zittoun, Tania

In: Culture & Psychology, 2017, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 295-305

In this paper, I first retrace some aspects of a dynamic theory of humans in society, and then highlight what appear to me as major contributions of two papers of this special issue. This leads me to highlight a series of questions, which I address through two other consonant studies on remembering, the work of Harald Welzer and his team on the memory of WWII in three generations in German...

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Interactive dynamics of imagination in a science classroom

Hilppö, Jaakko Antero ; Rajala, Antti ; Zittoun, Tania ; Kumpulainen, Kristiina ; Lipponen, Lasse

In: Frontline Learning Research, 2016, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 20-29

In this paper, we introduce a conceptual framework for researching the dynamics of imagination in science classroom interactions. While educational interest in imagination has recently increased, prior research has not adequately accounted for how imagination is realized in and through classroom interactions, nor has it created a framework for its empirical investigation. Drawing on a theory of...

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Imagination as Expansion of Experience

Zittoun, Tania ; Cerchia, Frédéric

In: Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 2013, vol. 47, no. 3, p. 305-324

This paper proposes a developmental view on imagination: from this perspective, imagination can be seen as triggered by some disrupting event, which generates a disjunction from the person’s unfolding experience of the “real” world, and as unfolding as a loop, which eventually comes back to the actual experience. Examining recent and classical theorization of imagination in psychology, the...