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Communicating and Constructing Meaning

Ricky and student playing with trucks.At the core of learning for all children is the inherent human need to make sense of the vast range of sensory input the world provides. Through the purposeful use of spoken, written, signed, and picture communication symbols, children construct meaning and test these understandings through communication. Through reading children learn to deepen their understandings by interacting with text. Through writing, children communicate messages that integrate ideas and experience.


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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