A Short Introduction to Edusemiotics

  • Alin Olteanu, Cary Campbell
  • Chinese Semiotic Studies, May 2018, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/css-2018-0015

A Short Introduction to Edusemiotics

What is it about?

This article reviews and discusses some the main aspects of the growing edusemiotic research movement. The authors briefly explore the historical antecedents to educational semiotics in antiquity, before going on to discuss edusemiotic’s fundamental “triadic” (non-dualistic) orientation. They focus on the use of Peirce’s categorical semiotic philosophy to conceptualize educational dynamics; the alignment of edusemiotics with biosemiotics; the relevance of Thomas Sebeok’s modeling theories to education; and the primacy of iconicity in learning. Throughout the article, it is emphasized how edusemiotics does not mean semiotics applied to education, as a pedagogical aid or teaching/research tool, but is rather, “thinking” semiotics as the foundation for educational theory and practice at large (cf. Stables and Semetsky, 2015).

Why is it important?

This is an important introduction to this emerging research program of edusemiotics from two of the most prolific young scholars of the field.


Cary Campbell
Simon Fraser University

Writing this article was a great pleasure, as me and Alin have very compatible research interests and philosophical perspectives.

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