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ERIC Number: ED112411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 79
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Explorations in Language Study: Language, Experience and School.
Thornton, Geoffrey
The thesis that "as things are" some pupils enter school predisposed to success while some enter it predisposed to failure is explored in this book. The first question raised, in chapter 1, is why the schools are allowed to discount as irrelevant to the educational endeavor the experience of language and life that children bring to school with them. Chapter 2 discusses the language acquisition process. Chapters 3 and 4 review the nature of the school as a community and the place of the pupil within it, while chapter 5 examines attitudes toward language that are prevalent in school. Chapter 6 looks at the kind of demand typically made on pupils' language in school, and chapter 7 explores the opportunities students are normally given to develop the ability to meet the demands made on them. The final chapter argues the need for all teaching to be informed by an adequate and relevant knowledge of the nature and function of language as a first step toward achieving a situation in which some students no longer need to enter school already heading for failure. (RB)
Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., 41 Maddox Street, London W.1, England (1.50 pounds, paper)
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