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Symbol Systems: A Philosophical, Psychological, and Educational Investigation


by Howard Gardner, Vernon Howard & David Perkins - 1974

In this paper an approach to a theory of symbol systems, inspired by the work of Nelson Goodman and carried on by an interdisciplinary research group at Harvard Project Zero, will be described. Goodman's classification of diverse symbol systems, based on the concept of notationality, will be introduced; psychological and philosophical research stemming from this theory will be reviewed; educational implications will be touched upon. Two complementary goals will motivate the presentation: to describe a potentially productive approach to the investigation of symbol systems; to demonstrate the fruitfulness of an interdisciplinary approach to educational questions.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 27-55
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19402, Date Accessed: 10/23/2019 2:32:55 PM

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  • Howard Gardner
    Harvard University
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    HOWARD GARDNER is a Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Vernon Howard

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    VERNON HOWARD teaches spiritual development classes in Boulder City, Nevada.
  • David Perkins
    Harvard University
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    DAVID PERKINS works for Project Zero at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
 
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