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ERIC Number: EJ938057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Pause for Thought: Why Bernstein Was Not a Psycholinguist
Good, David
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v28 n2-3 p175-193 Aug 2009
Bernstein recognised that his claims about the role of language in education, and the differential success of children from different social strata were effectively claims about underlying psychological processes, and the relationship between language and thought. In attempting to bridge the gap between macro-sociological analyses and individual performance, he sought to draw on existing work in various parts of psychology including the newly emerging discipline of psycholinguistics. Many of these developments were happening in his local academic milieu in London, and he drew on a broad literature. Ultimately, his foray into psychology proved unsuccessful. This was due to a failure to generate the right kind of conceptual clarity necessary for the operational definitions in this type of psychological study. The perspective he offered, however, has merit, and subsequent work has suggested that the failure of his psychological studies was not necessarily a failure of his general proposals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)