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Guest Lecture by Prof. Richard Anderson

The social construction of causal reasoning


On behalf of the REASON program at the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS) we are very happy to announce guest lecture held by:

Prof. RProf. Richard Andersonichard Anderson

Illinois University (
The social construction of causal reasoning
5.04.2017, 14:00 c.t. -16:00, Room 3221



Multi-link causal reasoning is the ability to organize information and bridge inferences into coherent causal chains. Causal reasoning is widely valued because it is critical to problem solving, decision making, and for constructing new knowledge, yet little research has been dedicated to understanding how it develops in children. Previous research that has examined the mechanisms of causal reasoning has limited itself to laboratory settings. In contrast, this project analyzes data collected in classrooms on the moment-by-moment effects of social interaction during child-managed discussions. A number of effects of group features, individual characteristics, and momentary situational influences on the production of causal chains have been observed in a corpus of discussions running to 4,000 speaking turns.

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