Abric, J. (). Las representaciones sociales: aspectos teoricos. In Abric, J. (Ed .), Prácticas sociales y representaciones (pp. ). Colonia del Carmen. PDF | On Jan 1, , J.C. Abric and others published Specific Processes of Social Representaciones Sociales de la enfermedad de Chagas: dimensiones y. References Abric JC () Metodología de recolección de las representaciones sociales. En Practiques sociales et Représentations. Traducción al español.

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Social Representation of English as a School Subject. Social Representation of English as a School Subject: Results showed that students evaluate the school subject negatively, consider EFL a valuable tool for their represenyaciones development, and think that the teacher holds a key role in the soviales process. According to Moscovici, SRs are a functional vision of the world which enables individuals to understand reality through their group system of beliefs, thus conferring meaning to their behaviour in different social practices.

Social Representations: A Review of Theory and Research from the Structural Approach

SRs not only determine the nature of individual or group responses; they help define the stimulus itself. These mental constructs underpin social practices not only construing but also modelling the context where they develop.

According to Moscovici Ibid. In fact, it implies developing a functional version of the world, reconstructing it, changing its narrative as it is assimilated into pre-existing mental constructs.

Therefore, group-based representations make the world appear to be what we think it is or should be, and not the other way round. The function of knowledge provides individuals with the elements to construe a given portion of reality by integrating it into a coherent frame consistent with their values.

This function is essential for social communication given the fact that it helps determine the common frame of reference that makes social interaction possible.


The function representaciohes identity fosters the sense of belonging to a group; it defines its specificity, and is crucial to sustain group cohesion over individuals. Identifying the purpose of a given activity, this function a-priori determines the type of interaction and the type of cognitive scheme that individuals will put into practice.

Finally, justification is the function which a posteriori provides individuals with the arguments to explain and socialed account of their attitudes and behaviour.

The central or structuring core contains cognitions which, associated to a particular referent, carry the meaning of the representation and are called dimensions for research purposes Singery, as cited in Abric, The centrality of these dimensions derives from the recurrence of their referents when students associate cognitions, and from the relationships students establish between dimensions themselves. The instruments were implemented during individual interviews with each student: Identification of the different dimensions derived from the analysis of the data collected.

Summary and Conclusions The following conclusions arise from the whole process of this research work in view of the main objective around which this process was directed.

The instruments for collecting data used proved to be suitable for the group of adolescents in the sample, who would have otherwise been reticent to express their perceptions. The free association technique introduced us to the content of this representation and the pairing task and extended interview made it easier for the students to express themselves, establishing relations between their cognitions.

All the students in the sample referred to the same aspects of this school subject and in the same way. Whether they attended public or private high schools, which implied important differences in their social background, regardless of their attending private institutes or not, and of their after graduation plans, all of them evaluated the school subject negatively, considered EFL a valuable tool, and thought that the teacher held a key role in the learning process.

Las representaciones sociales: aspectos teoricos

Pedagogical Implications New aspects of the learning process may be derived from the contents of these group constructs called social representations. The functions of knowledge, identity, justification and action attributed to these mental structures are prescriptive of not only actions and perceptions, but also attitudes and behaviour. Knowing that students believe representacones the skills learnt representaicones school are useful but not enough for their future needs, teachers may want to discuss with their students the limitations and possibilities of ELT practice at school.


Also, and being instrumental in sociqles the objectives of the subject, topic units and grammar contents, as much as the procedural plan described in the program, should also be discussed in order to help convey the sense of unity students have expressed that ESS lacks.

Students should be made aware of what is expected from them, which, according to the theory of SRs, would set in motion specific cognitive mechanisms likely to foster better results in the learning process. Aware of the value assigned to the English language in relation to their future development, teachers should capitalize on this affirmative perception and encourage students aociales draw motivation from this it.


Clearly establishing the relevance of this foreign language, and clarifying the aims of the course represebtaciones what is expected from students and teachers may not only yield positive learning results, it may also help improve the group representation that students have of Ahric. Pensamiento y vida social. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Click here to sign up. Help Center Find new research papers in: