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Modes of Communication and the Acquisition of Symbolic Competence


by Larry Gross 1974

In the following it will be argued that thought and knowledge are always active processes and that they exist in a variety of distinct modes. These modes are systems of symbolic thought and action which (dependent upon the nature of our biological structures and physical environment) determine the kinds of information we can perceive, manipulate, and communicate.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 56-80
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19418, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:03:33 PM

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  • Larry Gross
    University of Pennsylvania.
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    LARRY GROSS is an Associate Professor of Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
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