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Continuity and change: semiotic relations across multimodal texts in surgical education

Bezemer, J; Kress, G; (2017) Continuity and change: semiotic relations across multimodal texts in surgical education. Text & Talk , 37 (4) pp. 509-530. 10.1515/text-2017-0014. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we develop a social semiotic account of continuity and change across texts. Our aims are to make a theoretical contribution to scholarly work on inter-textual relations by adopting a multimodal perspective; and to develop a framework for understanding how texts mediate knowing, learning and agency in education and beyond. We achieve this through a case study of surgical education. We present and analyze, first, a collection of pedagogic texts designed for surgeons learning to perform a common surgical procedure. Second, we look at a series of texts that culminated in a pedagogic text on surgery for the general public. We conclude that a multimodal, social semiotic framework provides essential means for the recognition, documentation and understanding of continuities and changes in text production and engagement.

Type: Article
Title: Continuity and change: semiotic relations across multimodal texts in surgical education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/text-2017-0014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2017-0014
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Communication, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, social semiotics, multimodality, intertextuality, semiosis, surgical education, retextualization
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10022828
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