FocusAgents incorporating physical and social worlds in extended cognitive systems
- Knowledge is … scope of possible actions and interpretations
- Knowing is … embodied and situated doing
- Learner is … an individual (who doesn’t end at the skin)
- Learning is … adding to knowing
- Teaching is … N/A
SynopsisIn Extended Cognition, mental processes are seen as embodied (i.e., involving more than the brain), enacted (i.e., inseparable from doing), embedded (i.e., coupled to a context), and extended (i.e., incorporating parts of the agent’s environment).
CommentaryExtended Cognition is a variety of Distributed Cognition that does not appear to offer any significant elaborations.
Authors and/or Prominent InfluencesMark Rowlands
Status as a Theory of LearningExtended Cognition is a theory of learning.
Status as a Theory of TeachingExtended Cognition does not wander into advice for teachers.
Status as a Scientific TheoryOn its own, Extended Cognition does not appear to have a much empirical support. However, recognized as a version of Distributed Cognition, it does have a significant evidence base.
Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2019). “Extended Cognition” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.
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