Cognitive Phenomenology: Marriage of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria
Keywords: fieldwork, anthropology of education, autobiography, ethics, dialectics, reading phenom­enology, cognitive science, cognitive phenomenol­ogy, research method, lifeworld, subjective experi­ence


ognitive phenomenology is a particular variant of phenomenology originally articulated by philosophers and further developed to work in conjunction with cognitive science. Based on strict method it is suited to work with a science that takes person-in-situation as its unit of analysis and acknowledges that persons act in their subjective lifeworlds rather than in objectively given material environments. The phenomenological part of cog­ni­tive phenomenology constitutes an important in­stru­ment in the service of educational psychol­ogists, particularly those interested in a modern theory of aptitude. The method distinguishes itself from introspection and naturalistic description that use "phenomeno" (-logy, -graphy) in their name. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403129


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria
Wolff-Michael ROTH ( is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications include At the Elbows of Another: Learning to Teach by Coteaching (with K. TOBIN, Peter Lang, 2002), Being and Becoming in the Classroom (Ablex Publishing, 2002), Toward an Anthropology of Graphing (Kluwer, 2003), and Rethinking Scientific Literacy (with A.C. BARTON, Routledge, 2004).

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