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Conceptual Coordination - How the Mind Orders Experience in Time


reviewed by Clyde Winters 2001

coverTitle: Conceptual Coordination - How the Mind Orders Experience in Time
Author(s): William J. Clancey
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805831436, Pages: 432, Year: 1999
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W. J. Clancey's Conceptual Coordination: How the Mind Orders Experience in Time, is an interesting book on the way we learn, that has important implications for education. This book written in a popular style explains how the mind orders concepts that form the basis of behavior. Conceptual Coordination is divided into three sections. The first part of the book discusses the role of memory in learning. In section two, Clancey describes how humans acquire consciousness. Here we discover that the brain is analogous to a lightening rod, waiting to be excited into action by one's interaction with the environment. As a result, Clancey acknowledges that "experience is not merely something experienced, but the coordinated activity of a conscious agent" (p.110). Clancey's view of learning recognizes that a person's social experiences not only frame their persona, but also coordinate the actions that make us who and what we are. In part three of Conceptual Coordination, Clancey explains his theory that the brain is like a coloring book with numerous and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 46-47
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10586, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:52:40 AM

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