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Sign(al)s - Living and learning as semiotic engagement

Press Release - 25 November 2005

Public lecture: education policy and the meaning of signs and symbols

The way we “read” the world around us through the many symbols and signs we see in our everyday lives, and the implications this has for education policy, will be the topic of a free public lecture at the University of Bath next week (Wednesday 30 November 2005).

The theory of ‘semiotics’ has important implications for the way we teach and learn, says Professor Andrew Stables from the University’s Department of Education who will be giving the lecture.

Although the way we interpret the meanings of these signs is in many ways similar to our neighbours, colleagues and friends, our particular understanding of these events is what makes us an individual.

“We do not all see the world in the same way and o6ur responses to events around us are all interpretations with deep historical, personal and emotional roots,” said Professor Stables.

“In many respects, we share our interpretations with others in our communities - others of our religion, nationality or professional group, for instance - while in some respects our interpretations of the world are our own: they are what mark each of us out as individuals within those communities.

“This simple, but philosophically powerful idea has implications for education and social policy that lead us far from the standardising 'one-size-fits-all' policies that we often feel are necessary, especially during periods of threat and instability. “

Professor Stables will explore some of the implications of a view of living and learning as semiotic engagement for our understanding of learning, teaching, research and social policy.

The lecture ‘Sign(al)s - Living and learning as semiotic engagement’ will take place at 6.15pm on Wednesday 30 November 2005 in lecture theatre 2East 3.1.

Tickets are free but need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott on 01225 386 631.


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