Discourse, Tools and Reasoning

Essays on Situated Cognition

  • Lauren B. Resnick
  • Roger Säljö
  • Clotilde Pontecorvo
  • Barbara Burge

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 160)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Discourse, Tools, and Reasoning: Essays on Situated Cognition

    1. Lauren B. Resnick, Clotilde Pontecorvo, Roger Säljö
      Pages 1-20
  3. Distributed Cognition: Discourse and Activity in Complex Work Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Edwin Hutchins, Leysia Palen
      Pages 23-40
    3. Christian Heath, Gillian Nicholls
      Pages 63-86
    4. Alain Trognon, Corinne Grusenmeyer
      Pages 87-110
  4. Negotiating Identities: The Construction of Sociocognitive Communities

  5. Learning in Practice: How People and Tools Shape One Another

  6. Accountable Talk: Learning to Reason

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Roger Säljö, Kerstin Bergqvist
      Pages 385-405
    3. Clotilde Pontecorvo, Alessandra Fasulo
      Pages 406-442
    4. Juan D. Ramirez, James V. Wertsch
      Pages 443-458
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 459-483

About this book


Not long ago, projections of how office technologies would revolutionize the production of documents in a high-tech future carriedmany promises. The paper­ less office and the seamless and problem-free sharing of texts and other work materials among co-workers werejust around the corner, we were told. To anyone who has been involved in putting together a volume of the present kind, such forecasts will be met with considerable skepticism, if not outright distrust. The diskette, the email, the fax, the net, and all the other forms of communication that are now around are powerful assets, but they do not in any way reduce the flow of paper or the complexity of coordinating activities involved in producing an artifact such as a book. Instead, the reverse seems to be true. Obviously, the use of such tools requires considerable skill at the center of coordination, to borrow an expression from a chapter in this volume. As editors, we have been fortunate to have Ms. Lotta Strand, Linkoping University, at the center of the distributed activity that producing this volume has required over the last few years. With her considerable skill and patience, Ms. Strand and her work provide a powerful illustration of the main thrust of most of the chapters in this volume: Practice is a coordination of thinking and action, and many things had to be kept in mind during the production of this volume.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lauren B. Resnick
    • 1
  • Roger Säljö
    • 2
  • Clotilde Pontecorvo
    • 3
  • Barbara Burge
    • 1
  1. 1.Learning Research and Development CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication StudiesLinköping UniversitySweden
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e SocializzazioneUniversitá degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”Italy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08337-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03362-3
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