ERIC Number: ED250282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Every Teacher Should Know about Semiotics.
Cunningham, Donald J.
Semiotics is the science of signs and the structures of signs within which meanings emerge. The process through which these sign structures are built up is called semiosis. Courses commonly taught as foundational to teacher trainers should be imbued with a specific semiotic emphasis. At a general level, teachers may be introduced to the notion of signs and the process of semiosis, and be sensitized to the structures and codes of experience which both they and their students are building as they operate in the world. Thus, the interconnectedness of the concepts taught in foundational courses may be recognized and clarified. This view directs the attention of teachers away from teaching specific bits of knowledge and focuses upon the cultivation of higher intellectual skills. While semiotics is not the only view which leads to this conclusion, it, unlike some others, provides some conceptual tools for analyzing these skills and provides insights into ways in which these skills may be nurtured. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April, 1984).