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ERIC Number: ED317302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 17
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Teaching the Discourse of Cooperation.
Duran, Richard P.
This paper discusses implementation of Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (CIRC) with bilingual 2nd- through 4th-grade students. The CIRC curriculum is intended to help students in the early grades acquire a variety of reading and literacy skills. The curriculum centers around "treasure hunt" units that last 5 or more days each. These units focus on the reading of a narrative that is presented in two successive segments. Student dyads are required to discuss and answer questions developed for each segment. Questions for the first segment end with a prediction question that asks students to predict what will happen next in the story. Analyses indicate the occurrence of three main functions in the interaction of students in dyads (in which the teacher occasionally participated). These functions include: (1) teachers or students giving assistance to a student; (2) students demonstrating competence in offering answers to a question or solutions to a problem; and (3) students asking for help directly or indirectly. It is concluded that findings could be helpful in increasing understanding of the ways in which cooperative learning works at the level of student interaction. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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