ERIC Number: ED328544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-12
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Discourse: Questions, Quarrels, and Introspections.
Hauser, Jerald A.
A 6-week study on the status of classroom discourse was carried out at St. Norbert College (Wisconsin). Ten tenure-track professors kept notes or journals on their classroom discourse activities for 6 weeks and wrote a scholarly essay on the experience at its conclusion. During the period, they also tried to improve discourse quality in their classes. Each of the 10 expressed similar convictions on the importance of students discovering their own individual voices, rather than passively receiving information. Excerpts from the writings of the 10 participants are offered, featuring agreements and quarrels about the value of discourse, the need for being open and sharing personal knowledge, making subject content "discourse friendly," and grading possibilities. The project resulted in the question, "Is it possible that the best classroom dialogue is driven by excellent in- and out-of-class assignments and projects instead of moment-by-moment direct teaching actions?" Some examples of such work-motivated classroom discourse are given. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saint Norbert College WI
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching Alternatives (Indianapolis, IN, October 12, 1990).