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ERIC Number: ED309409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-31
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
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The Role of Language in Collaborative Learning Contexts
Andrews, Sharon Vincz
A series of 11 propositions about the role of language in learning emerged from the data collected and analyzed in a semester-long collaborative seminar in language arts methods for inservice and preservice teachers. A discussion of each proposition reflects the data that support it. The focus was on teaching as inquiry or research for the practitioner. The study explored and described the context and negotiated curriculum of a language arts methods class in elementary education, tracing the theoretical development of the thinking of preservice teachers in regard to the teaching and learning of the language arts. Findings suggest that language gives individuals a voice, helps them to define themselves in a group, to overcome silence, to articulate beliefs, and to become empowered. Findings also suggest that language becomes a tool for reflexivity and that the differences which are made apparent by distinguishing between common ground and uniqueness lead to questions which propel thinking into the future. (Appendixes provide the course syllabus and a calendar of major seminar events.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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