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ERIC Number: EJ1150017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Emergent Multicompetence at the Primary Level: A Dynamic Conception of Multicompetence
Hofer, Barbara
Language Awareness, v26 n2 p96-112 2017
This paper looks at multicompetence aspects of multilingual learning and offers a new conceptual framework for the discussion of multicompetence. The paper takes Cook's multicompetence theory as the point of departure and proposes a reconceptualisation thereof which is broader in scope and keyed to a dynamic systems and complexity theory perspective. The new concept construes multicompetence as a dynamic and multicomponential phenomenon resulting from the interplay of complex, non-linear and emergent processes. The paper first delineates the theoretical foundations guiding the present discussion and outlines the main tenets of a dynamic systems and complexity theory approach. Next, it presents and analyses selective qualitative data from an empirical study carried out at the primary level in South Tyrol and it discusses young multilingual learners' linguistic productions in relation to the notion of multicompetence as envisioned here. The paper closes with an outlook on future directions by pointing to potential advantages of multicompetence approaches to teaching and learning and by suggesting some modest alterations to current school policy provisions in South Tyrol.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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