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Learner as Categorizer
Learner as categorizer

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

—Antoine de Saint Exupéry
About This Chapter

The LCD focus of this chapter is on issues of category formation for learners. This chapter includes discussions and examples from

  • Cognitive science on categorization and induction
  • Information science on classification and object-oriented programming

The resulting design principles are extracted and listed at the end of the chapter.


One of the major topics of active research in cognitive science, and the next level on our cognitive hierarchy, is the problem of how individuals develop, store, and organize objects of thought through the use of categorization. Issues of application and implementation of this research ...

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