The Development of Rationality

David Moshman

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Development of Rationality

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This article provides a psychological account of the development of rationality in the context of education. It explains that implicit in the metacognitive conception of rationality is a constructivist conception of its development. It suggests that if rationality is fundamentally a matter of knowledge and control of our knowledge and inferences, then it presumably develops through processes of reflection and coordination. It contends that metacognitive reflection and coordination often occur in the context of social interaction and this often includes parent-child and teacher-student interactions.

Keywords: rationality; education; metacognitive conception; knowledge; inferences; parent-child interaction; teacher-student interaction

Article.  7356 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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