Conceptual Coherence in Philosophy Education - Visualizing Initial Conceptions of Philosophy Students with Self-Organizing Maps

Anna-Mari Rusanen, Otto Lappi, Timo Honkela, Mikael Nederström

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We present a framework for research on coherence of student conceptions in philosophy education. Commonsense conceptions of philosophical novices were studied. Students of a Finnish upper secondary school with no prior background in philosophy were asked to evaluate statements on conceptual issues in the domains of philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. The results were analyzedf and visualized with Kohonen self-organizing-maps (SOM), enabling us to identify clusters of students and questions with similar response patterns. The results are interpreted in terms of students’ ontological commitments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsB.C. Love, K McRae, V. M. Sloutsky
Number of pages6
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Publication date2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventUnknown host publication - , International
Duration: 1 Jan 1800 → …

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