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Language And Learning
For both teachers and parents, the implications of James Britton's now-classic work are profound." Language and Learning" is the outcome of Britton's close observations as researcher, teacher, and parent of how children shape their individual visions of the world. Drawing on the theories of many thinkers, including Piaget and Vygotsky, the author provides a rich and moving ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 17th 1993 by Heinemann Educational Books
(first published October 15th 1970)
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This is a pretentious book. It has no particular core idea running through it, and is only described as "the outcome of James Britton's attempts to understand the observable behaviour of children as they grow up" in the blurb. That is fair to say. He attempts to understand the behaviour, but seems to have accumilated nothing but transcripts of speech - zero insight into the workings of language. Only transcripts and endless arbitrary divsions of observable speech into developmental stages and ge ...more
Language is a means by which we organize our representation of the world. Before speech there is no conception, there is only perception. It is from successive experiences of words in use that a child builds up his resources. Man interposes a network of words between the world and himself and thereby becomes master of the world.
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