ERIC Number: ED386043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
A Language Development Approach to Education.
Halliday, M. A. K.
A discussion of language development and its role in the educational process focuses on the ways in which children use language to order experience. It is proposed that if human experience is construed in the form of language, then the way in which language is acquired can give insight into the fundamental nature of learning. These conclusions are drawn: (1) in the process of individual language development, children are re-enacting the history of human knowledge; (2) knowledge first becomes dialogic; (3) major steps in language development renew the connection between self and the outside world; (4) children are progressively reconstruing experience away from immediate and concrete to abstract and metaphorical categories, creating new dimensions of semantic space; (5) the learner is constantly building grammar from discourse and discourse from grammar; (6) the learner often regresses and reconstructs (spiralling); and (7) metaphoric categories of meaning require the learner to adopt, simultaneously, two complementary perspectives on experience. Contains nine references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Bird, Norman, Ed., And Others. Language and Learning. Papers presented at the Annual International Language in Education Conference (Hong Kong, 1993); see FL 023 205.