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Learning by developing knowledge networks. A semiotic approach within a dialectical framework.

A central challenge for research on how we should prepare students to manage crossing boundaries between different knowledge settings in life long learning processes is to identify those forms of knowledge that are particularly relevant here. In this paper, we develop by philosophical means the concept of a dialectical system as a general framework to describe the de-velopment of knowledge networks that mark the starting point for learning processes, and we use semiotics to discuss (a) the epistemological thesis that any cognitive access to our world of objects is mediated by signs and (b) diagrammatic reasoning and abduction as those forms of practical knowledge that are crucial for the development of knowledge networks. The rich-ness of this theoretical approach becomes evident by applying it to an example of learning in a biological research context. At the same time, we take a new look at the role of mathematical knowledge in this process.

Hoffmann, M. H. G., & Roth, W.-M. (2004). Learning by developing knowledge networks. A semiotic approach within a dialectical framework. Zentralblatt fDidaktik der Mathematik, 36(6), 196-205.

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