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Université de Neuchâtel

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...

Université de Neuchâtel

Modalities of Generalization Through Single Case Studies§

Zittoun, Tania

In: Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 2017, vol. 51, no. 2, p. 171

The value of case studies for theory building is still doubted in psychology. The paper argues for the importance of case studies and the possibility of generalizing from these for a specific sociocultural understanding of human development. The paper first clarifies the notion of abduction within case studies, drawing on pragmatists James and Peirce and expanding it with the work of Lewin, and...

Université de Neuchâtel

The Relationship between Levels of Gender and Ethnic Group Representation

Ruedin, Didier

In: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 2010, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 92-106

This article examines the relationship between levels of gender representation and levels of ethnic group representation in national parliaments. Taagepera (1994) and Lijphart (1999) predicted that because of shared mechanisms and covariates levels of representation in the two forms should be positively correlated. Whilst this paper can identify a number of shared covariates, there is no evidence...

Université de Neuchâtel

On the Emergence of the Subject

Zittoun, Tania

In: Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 2012, vol. 46, no. 3, p. 259-273

The paper retraces the elaboration of a model that accounts for the emergence of subjectivity—the possibility to distance self from others and oneself—if we consider people as always taken in social and cultural streams of meaning and tensions. It builds a model considering first, human experience as possible when a person takes distance from the here-and-now. Second, it suggests considering...