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ERIC Number: ED292319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Linguistics and the Teaching of Science. Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Appendix 4-E.
Wilkins, Wendy
Linguistics, as one of the cognitive sciences, has much to offer the teaching of basic science, i.e., the teaching of how to ask and investigate interesting questions. Linguistics is particularly well-suited for teaching about the process of "doing" science because the methodology appropriate to the study of language from a generative viewpoint is, in fact, scientific methodology. Scientific methodology provides an orderly arrangement for, and analysis of, data and a means to search for relationships that explain and predict the behavior of the observed phenomena. The discipline has other practical advantages for teaching the scientific method: it has inherent interest, requires little advanced mathematics because it relies on forms of formal reasoning more easily accessible to many students, requires no expensive laboratories or equipment, has all the relevant data readily available to anyone who has acquired a language, has an immediate connection to computer science, and is central to cognitive science as the study of the human mind. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.