ERIC Number: EJ904194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
The Complexity Turn in Educational Linguistics
Hult, Francis M.
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v23 n3 p173-177 Nov 2010
In the wake of conversations about integrating macro- and micro-levels of linguistic analysis over the last 50 years, and following theoretical and methodological debates in the 1990s about investigating the dynamics of entire social systems, complexity theory is coming of age in educational linguistics. Central to the application of complexity theory in social science is its attention to multiple scales of social organisation and how they are connected through the actions of individuals, with an emphasis on the unfolding of social processes rather than on cause-effect relationships. This provides us with a new perspective that is increasingly being adopted in the development and implementation of multilingual education throughout the world, as seen in the simultaneous management of linguistic resources across different scales--national, regional, community, classroom, and interpersonal.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Multilingualism, Bilingual Education, Social Theories, Interpersonal Communication, Classroom Communication, Language Usage, Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala; Sweden; United Kingdom (Wales)