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

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Karen GuoKaren Guo, N Mackenzie
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.

History

Journal

Australasian journal of early childhood

Volume

40

Issue

2

Pagination

78 - 86

Publisher

Early Childhood Australia Inc.

Location

Watson, ACT

ISSN

1836-9391

eISSN

1839-5961

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, Early Childhood Australia Inc.