Informal Teaching and Learning: A Study of Everyday Cognition in a Greek Community

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Teaching and Learning to Understand

In the previous chapter, the dancing and cupping episodes illustrated how alitheia and psemata framing can influence interaction during procedural teaching and learning. This chapter focuses on declarative teaching and learning, in which the goal is to understand rather than to carry out a process. "Babyclothes," the first episode, is framed as alitheia, and "kinship," the second episode, is framed as psemata.


BABYCLOTHES

The teaching and learning episodes in the previous chapter involved processes that were for the most part traditional to Greek life. But certainly not all that is taught and learned in this community is traditional; people do bring new or modern ideas and technologies into the community, with varying degrees of acceptance. In the episode called "babyclothes," an experienced mother who lives most of the year in Athens introduces an inexperienced village mother to some relatively modern ideas and information about clothing for babies.

As background, readers need to know that traditional clothing for men, women, and children in Greece tends to be on the heavy side by most middle-class American standards, even with climatic differences taken into account. Elderly women in the village typically wear the traditional karagouna outfit consisting of a dark blue woolen dress with long sleeves, dark blue woolen socks or stockings, and some form of black rubber shoes for working in the wet earth. Elderly men wear old slacks, worn leather

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - How to Ring a Doorbell 1
  • 2 - The Communities 27
  • 3 - Fieldwork in Kiriakitsa And Trikala 42
  • 4 - Alitheia and Psemata (Truth and Lies) 55
  • 5 - Teaching and Learning to Do 73
  • 6 - Teaching and Learning To Understand 104
  • 7 - Teaching and Learning To Use Language 132
  • 8 - The Particular And the General 150
  • Appendix A: Variation in Informal Teaching and Learning (n = 109) 156
  • References 179
  • Author Index 183
  • Subject Index 185
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