chapter  7
Using Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge: A Focus on Relationships
ByEdward A. Silver
Pages 18

Intheopeningchapterofthisbook,HiebertandLefevreproposedefinitionsof proceduralandconceptualknowledge.Theiranalysisisthoughtful,andthey offersomeinsightsintopossibledistinctionsbetweenproceduralandconceptual knowledge.Althoughthesedistinctionsmaysometimesbeusefulforthepurposesofdiscussion,itismycontentioninthischapterthatitistherelationships among,andnotthedistinctionsbetween,elementsofproceduralandconceptual knowledgethatoughttobeofprimaryinterest.Iarguethatthedistinctions betweenconceptualandproceduralknowledgedonotconstitutesharp,impenetrablebarriersandpresentsomeexamplesillustratingthepowerfulandcomplex interrelationshipsamongelementsofaperson'sconceptualandprocedural knowledge.Theargumentisbasedonthepremisethatalthoughwecanthink ofthedistinctionsbetweenstaticelementsofone'sproceduralorconceptual knowledgebase,whenknowledgeisuseddynamicallytosolveaproblemor performsomenontrivialtask,itistherelationshipsthatbecomeofprimaryimportance.