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First the somebody asks you a question, and that means they throw the ball to you. But you have to do more than just catch a question like you catch a ball. You have to throw the ball back. So I threw it back, and by mistake the ball hit Miss Boland.
This higher level of development enables children to transcend the immediate, to test abstract actions before they are employed.
This permits them to consider the consequences of actions before performing them. But most of all, language serves as a means of social interaction between people, allowing "the basis of a new and superior form of activity in children, distinguishing them from animals" Vygotsky,p.
The ability to use language to help solve problems is a tool. Rather than trying to understand the world alone, a child can enlist the help of older children, adults, or other authorities. For example, I have never studied Japanese.
If I were tested on the subject today, I would do very poorly. One might infer, based on those results, that my Japanese ability was very poor.
However, if I were to enrol in a Japanese course -- enlist the help of others to make me a better Japanese speaker -- another test might indicate that I am rather good at the language.
My ability to learn Japanese is the same as it ever was. What is different is the inclusion of my zone of proximal development -- my use of the knowledge of others to change my understanding.
On the other hand, even with the help of others, I might still be unable to grasp the language. Vygotsky "viewed intelligence as the capacity to benefit from instruction, with language having a powerful developmental role" Spencer,p.
In this sense, language is a tool for learning and an aid to understanding. Writes Vygotsky"human learning presupposes a specific social nature and a process by which children grow into the intellectual life of those around them" p.
As such, language acts as a vehicle for educational development and is important for the apprehension and acquisition of knowledge.
Vygotsky maintained that the zone of proximal development is an "essential feature of learning" p.
In this sense, the authority or teacher in all learning situations acts as a collaborator and coach, in which he or she "provides scaffolding to lead the student to increased understanding" Hawisher,p.
In the educational context, language is important for comprehension and making use of knowledge.
Shale describes the role of the teacher in the "ideal educational process" p. First, the teacher and the student determine and validate what the student knows. Second, on the basis of what is determined, the teacher may provide additional declarative knowledge.
Third, the teacher and the student negotiate the meaning of what is taught. The zone of proximal development is observed during this third step of the schooling process, in which teachers help "others to gain consciousness and reach higher ground intellectually, transforming the meaning of the lower order concepts" Spencer,p.
In this step there is "room for the negotiation of meaning and the prospect of mutual learning through dialogue and discussion" Rowntree,p. In an ideal form of education, the teacher and student engage in what King and Brownell refer to as "The Great Conversation.
This often precludes the formation of an interactive learning environment in which learning is an ongoing process shared between the teacher and students. Hodge notes that in schooling the difference in knowledge between teachers and students is so great that it simultaneously justifies and impedes the educational process.
In the limited amount of time in a class, teachers conveying information do so at the expense of negotiation of meaning. However, when teachers are negotiating meaning, they are not providing declarative knowledge.
In the last 30 years, a number of educational researchers have begun to emphasise the role of language in learning, particularly the role of talk in the classroom. As Kingman noted: In addition to encouraging the development of speech for communication, teachers need to encourage talk which can be exploratory, tentative, used for thinking through problems, for discussing assigned tasks, and for clarifying thought: Despite these concerns, however, the nature of teacher-student language in the classroom has remained largely the same Dillon, ; ; Hodge, ; Jones, The nature of classroom language Within the realm of education, there are three basic types of formal classroom discourse.Children's accounts of abuse sometimes contain descriptions of events that seem bizarre, improbable, or even impossible.
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