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The mind on paper : reading, consciousness and rationality

Author: David R Olson
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shows why reading and writing are essential to developing a consciousness of language that, in turn, lies at the core of rationality.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Olson
ISBN: 9781107162891 1107162890
OCLC Number: 957077701
Description: xiii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction : reading, writing and the mind. Awakening : reading and consciousness --
Part II. Theories of the relation between writing and mind. Inventing writing : the history of writing and the ontogeny of writing --
Dewey and the new pragmatists : reading, writing and mind --
Vygotsky and the Vygotskians --
The cognitive science of metarepresentation --
Part III. Reading and the invention of language about language. Phonemes and the alphabet --
The discovery of words and thinking about words --
Sentences and logic --
Prose and rational argument --
The testing of rationality and the rationality of testing --
Part IV. The implications and uses of metarepresentational language. The psychology and pedagogy of reading --
The psychology and pedagogy of rationality --
Part V. Conclusions. Reading, consciousness and rationality.
Responsibility: David R. Olson, OISE/University of Toronto.

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