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Tools and artefacts: the effect of knowing ‘where-from’ on their present use
University of Skövde.
2006 (English)In: The 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2006, 2210-2215 p.Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on how past knowledge of tools/artefacts

affect their present use. The discussion is based on

Wartofsky’s (1979) primary, secondary, and tertiary artefacts,

and Engeström’s (1990) subsequent activity theoretical

elaboration. While Engeström identifies two different kinds of

internal (mental) secondary artefacts, this paper identifies an

additional kind of tertiary artefact – ‘where-from’ artefact –

that consists of experience based knowledge of the past. The

conception of where-from, contributes to understanding, for

instance, why people handle objects the way they do. This

artefact, identified in a workplace study, also plays an

important role in the process of learning through

apprenticeship, since what novices are provided, in terms of

instructions etc., partly depends on the more knowledgeable

person’s past experiences.

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2006. 2210-2215 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1875ISBN: 0976831821 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1875DiVA: diva2:32151
Available from: 2007-09-14 Created: 2007-09-14 Last updated: 2010-03-30

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