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Thinking together with material representations: Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving

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Thinking together with material representations : Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving. / Stege Bjørndahl, Johanne; Fusaroli, Riccardo; Østergaard, Svend; Tylén, Kristian.

In: Cognitive Semiotics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, p. 103-123.

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Stege Bjørndahl, J, Fusaroli, R, Østergaard, S & Tylén, K 2014, 'Thinking together with material representations: Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving', Cognitive Semiotics, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 103-123.

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Stege Bjørndahl, Johanne et al. "Thinking together with material representations: Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving". Cognitive Semiotics. 2014, 7(1). 103-123.

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Stege Bjørndahl, Johanne ; Fusaroli, Riccardo ; Østergaard, Svend ; Tylén, Kristian. / Thinking together with material representations : Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving. In: Cognitive Semiotics. 2014 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 103-123.

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