FocusRole of signs in personal, interpersonal, and cultural dynamics
- Knowledge is ... current scope of meaningful signification
- Knowing is … using signs
- Learner is … a system of meaning (person, social, or cultural)
- Learning is … making meaning
- Teaching is … N/A
SynopsisCognitive Semiotics is a theory of making meaning. Its unique contribution is to draw on and integrate varied insights and methods from both Semiotics and Cognitive Science. This blend entails analysis of how signs and symbols are involved in making meaning as well as experiment-based investigations, all aimed better understanding the role of signs in individual understandings, interpersonal communications, and cultural practices.
CommentaryCognitive Semiotics does not appear to have attracted much critical attention, apart from a few notes of disdain from “purists” who question the wisdom of combining the insights and methods of different academic domains without first contrasting and interrogating their foundational assumptions.
Authors and/or Prominent InfluencesThomas C. Daddesio; Juan Magariños de Morentin
Status as a Theory of LearningIn general, proponents of Cognitive Semiotics do not describe it as a theory of learning, but it has all the hallmarks of one. In particular, its foci on individual, collective, and cultural processes are precisely the topics addressed by most theories of learning.
Status as a Theory of TeachingCognitive Semiotics is not a theory of teaching, and it offer no advice (direct or indirect) on influencing learning. (That said, see Semiotic Pedagogy.)
Status as a Scientific TheoryCognitive Semiotics appears to have a limited evidence base. However, it is bolstered by the rigor of the domains that it draws on.
Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2020). “Cognitive Semiotics” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.
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