Language and Learning

Authored by: Bernard Camilleri

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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Discussions on language and learning have revolved around the nature of their interactions and the extent to which one is dependent on the other. That one or more interactions exist is not disputed. One lasting debate has involved the extent to which language development is dependent on general cognitive development, or cognitive development is shaped by the language we speak. Delving into this discussion is beyond the scope of this chapter. Rather, from a theoretical perspective, I will refer to Piaget and Vygotsky. An earlier chapter has elaborated on their influential learning theories. Here we will focus on the role that both assign to language in its interaction with cognitive development and the processes involved in learning. I will be expanding on Vygotsky's learning theory in order to further explore the central part that language plays.

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