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What is teaching? A clear, integrative, operational definition for teaching is still needed

  • Yonat Eshchar (a1) and Dorothy Fragaszy (a1)

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The study of teaching indeed suffers from multiple approaches built upon disparate views. Kline does an excellent job in explaining the problem, but does not go all the way towards solving it. We suggest that a better operational definition, which could be utilized both in human studies and animal studies, is needed to integrate the field truly.

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Fragaszy, D. M., Biro, D., Eshchar, Y., Humle, T., Izar, P., Resende, B. & Visalberghi, E. (2013) The fourth dimension of tool use: Temporally enduring artefacts aid primates learning to use tools. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368(1630). doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0410.
Humle, T., Snowdon, C. T. & Matsuzawa, T. (2009) Social influences on ant-dipping acquisition in the wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) of Bossou, Guinea, West Africa. Animal Cognition 12(Suppl. 1):3748. doi: 10.1007/s10071-009-0272-6.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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