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Etienne Wenger describes "reification" as the act of turning something
(ideas, thoughts, etc.) into physical form (language, text documents,
etc.). Reification has two distinct consequences. First, it organizes
abstract ideas and directs our attention in ways that allow us to share and
adapt ideas between people, time, and space. Second, it restricts the
interpretation of ideas because it is an inherently limiting process that
inadequately conveys the nuances of lived experience. Do learning theories
and empirical research seeking to explain cognitive processes follow the
same benefits and drawbacks of Wenger's notion of "reification?" How can
teachers use academically reified theory to improve their students' learning
experience in the classroom?