The Co-Existence of Naïve and Scientific Concepts in Learning and Development


Conceptual learning is sometimes described as replacement of incorrect knowledge by correct knowledge. However, a number of recent studies show that the storage of correct concepts in memory does not automatically erase related incorrect concepts from memory. As a result, naïve and scientific concepts in the same domain can coexist in a learner. The symposium aims at discussing these findings and their implications for definitions, models and empirical studies of conceptual learning and development.

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