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On Learning: A general theory of objects and object-relations

Scott, D; (2021) On Learning: A general theory of objects and object-relations. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This is a philosophical work that develops a general theory of ontological objects and object-relations. It does this by examining concepts as acquired dispositions, and then focuses on perhaps the most important of these: the concept of learning. This concept is important because everything that we know and do in the world is predicated on a prior act of learning. A concept can have many meanings and can be used in a number of different ways, and this creates difficulty when considering the nature of objects and the relationships between them. To enable this, David Scott answers a series of questions about concepts in general and the concept of learning in particular. Some of these questions are: What is learning? What different meanings can be given to the notion of learning? How does the concept of learning relate to other concepts, such as innatism, development and progression? The book offers a counter-argument to empiricist conceptions of learning, to the propagation of simple messages about learning, knowledge, curriculum and assessment, and to the denial that values are central to understanding how we live. It argues that values permeate everything: our descriptions of the world, the attempts we make at creating better futures and our relations with other people.

Type: Book
Title: On Learning: A general theory of objects and object-relations
ISBN-13: 9781800080027
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800080027
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800080027
Language: English
Additional information: Text © David Scott, 2021 This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make non-commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the author (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Scott, David. 2021. On Learning: A general theory of objects and object-relations. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800080027 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creative commons.org/licenses/ Any third-party material in this book is published under the book’s Creative Commons licence unless indicated otherwise in the credit line to the material. If you would like to re-use any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.
Keywords: education, philosophy, concepts, ontology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127557
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