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What is Concept Formation

Handbook of Research on Education for Participative Citizenship and Global Prosperity
Processes psychological function development, which builds conceptions regarding objects and that results upon generalizations of direct experience reality.
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Geographical Concepts and the Goal of Citizenship Formation in Brazilian Researches Concerning Geography Teaching
Lana de Souza Cavalcanti (Federal University of Goiás, Brazil) and Vanilton Camilo de Souza (Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7110-0.ch020
Post-graduate education and research at Brazil has been amplified by quantitative and qualitative standards. One of its lines of inquiry which has stood out in the last three decades is geography teaching. The analysis of this theme, and particularly of investigations about geographical concepts and citizenship formation, is the motivation to the development of this essay's ideas. The text is a result of reviews into the state-of-the-art of the area's researches in the 2004 to 2015 period, amongst which the abstracts of theses and dissertations were considered. Based on the titles, abstracts, and keywords, studies concerning geographical concepts and citizenship formation in geography were selected. The data points out a diversification of thematic focuses to discuss the formation of concepts and the growing efforts to reference geographical concepts, as well as to the potentialities of the citizenship formation on those researches.
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A Rationale for Leveraging Serious Game Design Through Sociocultural Theory
In the context of sociocultural theory, concepts are generalizations that are represented through signs (words). Vygotsky distinguished between naturally occurring concepts (everyday ones) and formally introduced concepts (scientific ones). Concepts constitute collectively constructed and shared artifacts that either embody or represent solutions to problems.
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