ERIC Number: ED396263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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The Language of Reading Conferences.
A study examined three examples of classroom reading conferences. Subjects (students and teachers) were in grades 4, 7, and 12. Conversations between the teachers and their students serve to illustrate the different learning environments in each classroom. Results indicated that all three teachers wanted to: (1) provide students an opportunity to talk about their impressions of a book in a non-competitive setting; (2) promote student choice in literature to motivate continued reading; and (3) individualize instruction to support understanding of literature concepts or terminology. Findings suggest that time and place affected the one-on-one situation and, thus, the success of the conferences--seventh graders had inadequate time for individual reading conferences because their teacher had no assistant. The same was true for grade 12, while the fourth grade teacher felt that her conferences worked because she could send students out of the room with adult helpers. For the most part, the teachers' and students' evaluations of successful conferences were connected with how effectively the students had clarified their understanding of a text, how much they had talked, and how much control they had taken during the conference situation. Further research on reading conferences is suggested for the beginning teacher and the second language student. (CR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Communication, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 12, Grade 4, Grade 7, Instructional Improvement, Reading Attitudes, Reading Comprehension, Student Motivation, Student Reaction, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Context; Student Empowerment; Teacher Student Conferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (85th, San Diego, CA, November 16-21, 1995).