James Paul Gee
Paper for NARST Panel, Chicago, March 1997
Publication year: 1997

In this paper I look at the idea of “making sense” and the practice of “sense making discussions” in current educational reform. I have two goals. One is to think about the role language plays in this practice and related new practices. Another is to think about how this practice relates to larger concerns about schools and society. In the end, I want to argue that, like many other current educational reforms, sense making discussions fit well with themes and practices emanating from the business world in our new global, high-tech capitalism. I want to argue, as well, that meta-reflection on the form (structure) of language and social practices can constitute an important political intervention in education.