ERIC Number: ED172204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cyclic Patterns of Interaction in the Discourse of English Teachers.
Kluwin, Thomas N.
The use of discourse analysis in examining the classroom language interactions between English teachers and their students builds on the basic concepts of language function and language sequence. The four language functions are eliciting, informing, directing, and boundary marking (marking the divisions of discourse units). The three language sequences are moves (the basic units of classroom language, including opening, answer, and followup), exchanges (related moves taken in turns), and transactions (strings of exchanges). Data that examine these functions and sequences were collected for 11 beginning English teachers by coding the audiotapes of three classes per teacher. The patterns observed in these tapes suggest that the training of English teachers should contain a middle ground between the behavioralist approach that argues for microscopic modifications of teaching behaviors (because they correlate with affective or cognitive outcomes) and a gestalt approach that advocates a generalized student attitude as the goal of a holistic approach to teaching. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)