Relational concepts: language, thinking and pedagogy and the spatial metaphor of time

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O'Neill, Shirley. 2009. Relational concepts: language, thinking and pedagogy and the spatial metaphor of time. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed.
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Relational concepts: language, thinking and pedagogy and the spatial metaphor of time

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ERA Publisher ID2978
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AuthorO'Neill, Shirley
Number of Pages180
Year2009
PublisherPost Pressed
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9781921214646
9781921214653
Web Address (URL)http://www.e-contentmanagement.com/books/388/relational-concepts-language-thinking-and
Abstract

This monograph is for researchers and teachers. It argues for a strengthened cross-curriculum approach to teaching and scaffolding children’s understanding of spatial and temporal concepts. Research and pedagogical interludes illustrate how teachers frequently use the spatiotemporal terms ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the language of instruction, yet at the same time, these are relational concepts that need to be taught. The centrality of the acquisition of spatial knowledge and conceptualisation of space to children’s development of spatial reference frames and spatial reasoning is highlighted. It connects research, language and pedagogy and introduces the train-landscape scenario as a way of investigating children’s understanding of the relational concepts of ‘before’ and ‘after’. Besides differentiating between the teaching of ‘object’ concepts and the more abstract ‘relational concepts', the complex nature of the application of ‘before’ and ‘after', and how usage may impact on pedagogical talk, learning and assessment is illustrated. Pedagogical interludes demonstrate the relevance of relational concepts to the teaching of literacy, the study of life cycles and how a project-based approach can involve children in working with spatial and temporal concepts and the formulation of temporal relations through authentic learning experiences.

Keywordsrelational concepts; teaching basic concepts; language acquisition; language development; spatial and temporal terms; spatial metaphor of time; spatial reasoning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
520499. Cognitive and computational psychology not elsewhere classified
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Relational concepts: language, thinking and pedagogy and the spatial metaphor of time is available through Post Pressed. The author may be contacted by e-mail at <oneills@usq.edu.au>

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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