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Recent discussions have caused me to ponder the "concept of concept". It
is not merely a property that something posseses; for water certainly
contains hydrogen and oxygen regardless of whether it is labeled as such.
However; if I am learning about water than I am provided the opportunity
to observe and experiment with the properties water exhibits/contains. At
zero degrees celsius the water freezes, at one hundred degrees celsius it
boils. Again these are properties but as I am learning about them do they
become concepts? That liquids freeze and boil. Is answering these
questions on a science quiz enough to claim a student can conceptualize
boiling and freezing? I believe LSV would answer no. So then back to the
blocks experiment and what precisely was LSV proposing about the
development of concepts?
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