29 September 2009

Should we bother with professional jargon?

I have been resisting another blog (I already have at least four, maybe more - not sure) for some time, but now it seems unavoidable - I have to write something with students to have an ongoing conversation with you. So I'll write time to time; most likely as a reaction on what I hear and/or see in the classroom. An idea, suggestion... I do not know.

So, for the beginning, I'll drop a link to a glossary specially written for the Early Years practitioners - http://www.childlink.co.uk/glossary.php. You'll need Athens access to see it. Get Athens from the College library.

It's a tiny glossary. I imagine, as specialists in Early Years you'll easily find more terms which could be there.

Just for sparkling a discussion, I'd like to suggest that all those special words, terms, used by very few people are totally useless. Why not to use natural, simple language? I am struggling to understand why people bother with jargon. Do you agree?


  1. how will we learn our professional technical terms if tutors and peers dumb down the terms to simple wording?

  2. Although I fully believe that there are valid causes for and against the use of 'jargon', in my personal opinion there is a difference between 'jargon' and 'terminology'. Time permitting, I'll expand on this notion in my blog later.

  3. Having just looked at the homework, thanks for the reminder! I have to agree with Claire, but using professional jargon has a time and a place and people / companies/ organisations using it have to be aware that not everyone reading their information will automatically know what it is saying. look back a few years to texting or txtng, that is almost a recognised language. now for a bit of 'jargon'... "Should all NQTs be relying on the IQ or the norm-reference when dealing ceiling results" I hope you get it!!!

  4. I like the use of terminology and jargon if I understand it. During a recent Governor's meeting, terminology was flying around the room at a rate of knots that I was for most of the time able to keep up with. This was mainly because I work in that environment and hear those terms often spoken about. Abbreviations (which they tend to be - PPA, LSA, ELP, IEP, TA, KS1, KS2, FS, LO, DO etc)) save time and breath. There is however a time and a place for such terminology and it is important to recognise and acknowledge those boundaries.