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Comments on Neil Mercer paper. Some consequences of the social brain ideas: studies on individual student to those on classroom as a group

Andrée Tiberghien
p. 49-55

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Introduction
Short comments on Language
Shift of the research focus from individual to group
Characterizing classroom as a group, relationship with individual perspective
Some consequences of two views: collective and individual
Conclusion

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Neil Mercer focuses his paper on the relationship between individual and collective thinking processes. He starts from rather recent developments stating that the concept of the ‘social brain’ emphasizes that human intelligence is intrinsically social. Neil Mercer raises the important problem of “the functional connections between collective and individual thinking activities, and the role of language in those activities.” In particular he considers that “one of the most important functions of our social-cognitive capabilities, which is that we are able to engage collectively in purposeful, reflective endeavours.” I completely agree with this perspective. Teaching and learning are two joint actions that imply cooperative intellectual activity. I comment this perspective on four sections. The first section consists of some indirect comments on his development of “the ed...

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Andrée Tiberghien, « Comments on Neil Mercer paper. Some consequences of the social brain ideas: studies on individual student to those on classroom as a group », Éducation et didactique, 10-2 | 2016, 49-55.

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Andrée Tiberghien, « Comments on Neil Mercer paper. Some consequences of the social brain ideas: studies on individual student to those on classroom as a group », Éducation et didactique [En ligne], 10-2 | 2016, mis en ligne le 08 juillet 2018, consulté le 15 décembre 2017. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/educationdidactique/2525 ; DOI : 10.4000/educationdidactique.2525

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