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ERIC Number: ED250934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Competent Student. Sociolinguistic Working Paper Number 61.
Mehan, Hugh
A discussion of student competence focuses on two types of competence required of students: the integration of academic content and interactional form (e.g., turn-taking, producing ordered and coherent discourse, making coherent topical ties), and the integration of teacher and student agendas, examining what happens when students' display of academic content is not integrated with appropriate interactional form. It is observed that lack of integration undermines classroom social interaction and can lead to negative teacher evaluations of students. It is proposed that students and teachers come to the classroom with different agendas, objectives and programs they would like to see met, and students and teachers coordinate procedures to accomplish their respective objectives, allowing multiple activities to coexist in the classroom. It is argued that recognition of the existence of interactional competence as part of the implicit, tacit background of social knowledge students must learn as they learn academic knowledge is important, and that this competence is often important in teachers' and others' evaluations of student performance. Prevailing theories of socialization are criticized from the perspective that socialization is a two-way street, with students and teachers influencing each others' behavior in the classroom environment. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.