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ERIC Number: ED371618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Text, Talk and Inquiry: Schooling as Semiotic Apprenticeship.
Wells, Gordon
In a discussion of the role of language in education, education is viewed as a semiotic apprenticeship, or opportunity to gain the cultural tools and practices for meaning-making in construction of knowledge. This process occurs through guided participation in discipline-based forms of inquiry. In this enterprise, language is seen as having a special function, providing tools both to mediate participation in an activity and to reflect on that activity. The ways in which written and oral discourse contribute to inquiry in the classroom and in class activities are examined. It is proposed further that this learner-centered view of the classroom as a community of inquiry suggests re-examination of the role of the teacher, and adoption of the teacher's role as active participant in inquiry. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Language and Content (Hong Kong, December 1993). 1993).