Children's Inquiry: Using Language to Make Sense of the by Judith Wells Lindfors

By Judith Wells Lindfors

This exploration of kid's "inquiry" - what it truly is, the way it develops, and the way it contributes to kid's studying - might actually help straightforward and language academics to appreciate, take pleasure in, and foster kid's inquiry in study rooms. during this quantity, the writer introduces a theoretical framework for knowing kid's "inquiry" language, no longer as linguistic kinds (questions), yet as communique acts during which the kid brings one other into the act of sense-making. through interpreting those "inquiry acts", the writer goals to discover new chances for the knowledge of the way little ones study and the way tachers can foster their studying in school rooms, classification routines, examine findings, lecture room episodes, and the author's personal reflections.

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My expectation is that reading an informing text (such as Children's Language and Learning) will involve a different kind of connection for a reader from reading an exploratory text such as this one. My own connection with the reader as I have worked on this book has been different too. I always feel a reader's presence as I write, but never have I had a writing experience in which the reader's presence felt so close, collegial, and dialogic as during the writing of this book. I have felt companionship as I wrote; Page xi I hope you will feel it as you read.

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One partner (Jill) engages another (Mother) in her own attempt to go beyond her present understanding. Each inquiry act within this episode serves, in its own way, that overarching purpose. In this text we can see language carrying out the three human urges mentioned earlier: to connect with others, to understand the world, to reveal oneself within it. To use language at allto speak or write or signin conscious awareness of another's presence is to engage in an act of connection. But inquiry acts often go beyond this.

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