From Meaning to Sense-Giving Fields

  • Wolff-Michael Roth
Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 9)


Meaning is an important concept in educational psychology. Any journal article or textbook in the field provides evidence for the all-pervasive nature of this notion. Many studies focus on how students make meaning (of words, statements) and such meaning making counts among the practices that lead to learning or occur in the context of learning activity. Many other studies of learning in classroom settings are concerned with the negotiation of meaning, that is, with the trajectories that lead learners from their initially different to some common position, word use, or norm. Pertaining to the latter issue, many studies also draw on the work of Vygotsky to make claims about the role of the collective (dyad, small group, class) in learning and the development of meaning – e.g. the social construction of meaning or the cultural meanings associated with specific word- and sign-things.


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  • Wolff-Michael Roth
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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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