Autopoiesis, language, literacy and the brain

Graham, Philip W. (1999) Autopoiesis, language, literacy and the brain. Fine Print, 22(2), pp. 3-7.

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When we attempt to speak about the relationship between language, literacy, and the brain, we find ourselves ill equipped to deal with these conceptually and qualitatively different phenomena. Immediately we must straddle different academic traditions that treat each of these as separate “things”. Broadly speaking, the study of language firstly belongs to the domain of biology, then to anthropology, sociology, and linguistics. At its most functional, a study of literacy education is a study of a particular technology, its diffusion techniques, and the abilities and motivations of people to adopt, or adapt themselves to, this technology. The brain is most commonly studied in the field of neurology, which is also a sub-discipline of biology, biochemistry, and medicine.

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ID Code: 43764
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: literacy, brain, language and thought
ISSN: 0159-3978
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2011 00:21
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 12:14

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