learning to use the language of science is fundamental to learning science

“…the ideas of science are often difficult. But learning to use the language of science is fundamental to learning science. As Vygotsky (1962) pointed out, when a child uses words he or she is helped to develop concepts. Language development and conceptual development are inextricably linked. Thought requires language, language requires thought. Viewed from a negative angle, ‘difficulty with language causes difficulty with reasoning’ (Byrne et al. 1994).” (p.6)

Ref: (italics in original, emphases in blue bold, mine) Jerry Wellington and Jonathan Osborne (2001) Language and Literacy in Science Education. Open University Press: Buckingham, Philadelphia.

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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