Views of Cognitive Referencing from the Pragmatist’s Lens A photographer using one lens to focus on a subject, will see a particular kind of view. By employing more than one lens, the photographer will be able treat a subject more comprehensively. As professionals focus attention on important issues in providing speech and language services in the schools, ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2000
Views of Cognitive Referencing from the Pragmatist’s Lens
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  • Barbara J. Ehren
    University of Kansas-Center for Research on Learning, Lawrence, KS
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Article   |   July 01, 2000
Views of Cognitive Referencing from the Pragmatist’s Lens
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2000, Vol. 7, 3-8. doi:10.1044/lle7.1.3
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2000, Vol. 7, 3-8. doi:10.1044/lle7.1.3
A photographer using one lens to focus on a subject, will see a particular kind of view. By employing more than one lens, the photographer will be able treat a subject more comprehensively. As professionals focus attention on important issues in providing speech and language services in the schools, it is helpful to use the photographer's approach to obtain multiple perspectives. The more complex the subject, the wiser it is to use this approach to get a variety of pictures. A focus on cognitive referencing as part of speech-language eligibility criteria in the schools is one of those complex subjects, calling for views from more than one lens. The lens that has most often been used on this subject has been the theorist's lens, capturing perspectives from researchers and experts in language and evaluation. Although these views have been essential in pinpointing the shortcomings of cognitive referencing and providing the seeds for solutions, other perspectives are needed to move forward with implementing changes. This article presents views from the pragmatist's lens, considering the perspectives of the professionals who design and implement eligibility criteria.
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