There have been rumors for the past several years that the worldwide frog
population is declining, perhaps due to effects of global warming. But this book
shows that the worldwide frog-story population is growing and thriving. This will
be of little comfort to lovers of amphibians, but a cause for pleasure to students of
cognitive linguistics, developmental psychology, and narratology.
I would like to thank those with whom I have worked both at the
University of Bristol and at the University of East Anglia for their friend-
ship, encouragement and advice in the years leading up to the publication
of this book. Particular thanks are due to Caroline Ball, Dave Cowan,
James Davey, Bronwen Morgan, Jill Morgan, Tony Prosser, Oliver
Quick, Mike Radford, Claudina Richards and Mark Stallworthy.
Twelve studies addressed the contextual inﬂuences which hinder or enable the develop-
ment of reﬂection and reﬂective capability.
Several studies explored the effect of context on reﬂection and reﬂective thinking.
Sobral (2000) found evidence for improved quality of learning as students strive for control
of their learning. He suggests that a greater effort at reﬂection is associated with a more
positive learning experience, and that reﬂection in learning is related to readiness for self-
regulated learning, and to the meaningfulness of the experience.
Boenink et al.
To better understand the international perspective of
public policies for the elderly, in line with the parameters
that serve as tendencies for national policies, one must
contextualize international health conferences that had
health promotion as their central topic. Since the
Declaration of Alma-Ata, in 1978(5), it has been noted
that measures and characteristics of health promotion
imply a search for healthier life styles and active aging.
Health promotion is seen as a process of community
qualification, aiming to improve life and health conditions.
This is a further development of my last book Brain, Mind, and the Signifying Body(Thibault
2004a). That book was a first step in an overall attempt to rethink meaning-making activity
from the perspective of the body-brain system – the signifying body – embedded in its ecosocial
Meaning in context 2. Rational interpretation 3. Logically and reasonably discussing so perplexing 4. The meaning of the meaning question 5. A rather modest perspective - the whole picture – the complete meaning 6. The belonging of meaning in our minds and in our hearts 7. Contextual backdrop – the triangle of meaning 8. God and Human meaning 9. An attempt to find enlightenment 10. Acknowledgments
Meaning in context
Quantitative methods - including performance testing,
indoor air pollution monitoring and questionnaires - can
track changes in "quantifiables" and are a means of
objectively comparing one intervention against another.
Qualitative methods, on the other hand, help reveal the
perspectives of individuals or communities and provide
important contextual data to explain the results of quantitative
analyses. They include in-depth, open-ended interviews,
direct observations of behaviours and participatory methods.
Sample size, i.e.