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Signs and codes in early childhood: An investigation of young children’s creative approaches to communication

Guo, Karen and Mackenzie, Noella 2015, Signs and codes in early childhood: An investigation of young children’s creative approaches to communication, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 78-86.

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Title Signs and codes in early childhood: An investigation of young children’s creative approaches to communication
Author(s) Guo, Karen
Mackenzie, Noella
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 78
End page 86
Total pages 9
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Watson, ACT
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1836-9391
1839-5961
Keyword(s) EARLY childhood education
COMMUNICATION - Social aspects
COMMUNICATION & culture
INTERGROUP communication
LANGUAGE & languages -- Study & teaching (Primary)
SOCIAL aspects.
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
LANGUAGE
PLAY
Summary PEOPLE COMMUNICATE AND MAKE meaning through the use of the signs, codes and rules of their community and its language/s. On the way to learning these signs, codes and rules, children often create or invent their own unique and sometimes temporary systems of meaning making. In this paper we use Vygotsky’s concept of semiotic mediation and Bernstein’s code theory to reflect on some examples of children’s creative approaches to communication that involved the creation and use of signs. We will argue that young language learners’ invention of their own languages and creative use of drawing as a form of sign creation are symbolic expressions of their intent to generate and reinforce desired social and cultural situations of learning. We conclude that individuals mediate social and individual functioning in order to make meaning of their world, and argue for a move away from viewing second language learning and emergent writing as static sets of abilities to a more dynamic interpretation.
Language eng
Field of Research 1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078765

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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