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Gunther Kress

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 19: Perspectives on Making Meaning: The Differential Principles and Means of Adults and Children

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Perspectives on Making Meaning: The Differential Principles and Means of Adults and Children
Perspectives on making meaning: The differential principles and means of adults and children
GuntherKress

Children come into the world with an absolute interest in meaning. To them, knowing what the world means is of more than academic interest. Yet even if they are born into a ‘literate society’, the technology of the script systems of their parents’ cultures is just one part of the vast web of meanings that makes up the world they will need to understand and learn to deal with. Nor is it a particularly focal part for them; it certainly has none of the overwhelming significance that it has for many of the adults around them; it is as important ...

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