ERIC Number: ED264572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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The Meaning Makers: Children Learning Language and Using Language to Learn. First Edition.
Based on a longitudinal study of language development, this book charts the language development of 32 British children from shortly after their first birthdays to the end of their elementary education, and explores a number of questions related to this development. Chapter 1 describes the children and their families, chapter 2 discusses the pattern of development in learning to talk, and chapter 3 focuses on the construction of language in learning to talk. Chapter 4 deals with talking to learn (purposeful, goal-directed conversation), while chapter 5 compares children's language experiences at home with those at school, and chapter 6 deals with helping children make knowledge their own, through approaching a collaborative style of learning and teaching. Chapter 7 examines the differences between children in language and in learning, chapter 8 discusses the centrality of literacy and considers the strong relationship between knowledge of literacy at age 5 and all later assessments of school achievement, chapter 9 summarizes the children's achievements at age 10, and chapter 10 discusses the importance of stories in the study. The final chapter deals with relating practice to theory. (EL)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Language, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Developmental Stages, Discovery Processes, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Family Environment, Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Usage, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Literacy, Preschool Education, Speech Communication, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Verbal Ability, Verbal Learning
Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, NH 03801 ($12.50 paper). An audio cassette (ISBN-0-435-08253-1) containing some of the longer extracts quoted in the book, can be purchased from the publisher).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
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