Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 5(6), pp. 202-206, July 2014. DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/er.2013.104. Copyright © 2014 International Research Journals

 

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An analysis of the impact of language on cognitive development and its implications on the Nigerian school children

Ikediashi A.E (Ph.D)

Institute of Nigerian Languages, University of Nigeria, Aba Campus, Abia State

E-mail: ikediashi2000@yahoo.com, Tel: 08033317869

Abstract

 

This paper critically analyzes the impact of language on cognitive development and its implications on Nigerian school children. It examines the key concepts related to language and cognition in lieu of authoritative citations and discusses the impact of bilingualism on cognitive development. It equally looks at ways that language affects cognitive development. The trend of the findings  illustrates the fact that language has a formidable impact on cognitive development including metacognitive skills and even in our worldviews and cosmologies. The paper further articulates the implications of the findings on the Nigerian school child, educational system and gives relevant recommendations in lieu of its findings.

Keywords: Language, cognition, development, children.

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