ERIC Number: ED391681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Issue-Based Discussion in a Classroom of Designers.
Kindfield, Peter B. A.
This paper focused on student participation in controlling classroom activity. Issue-Based Discussion is described and promoted as a form of activity that can be used in the classroom to both enculturate students into the ready-made-culture of modern, western science and empower them to share in the control of activity as they participate in a culture-in-the-making. An analysis of an exemplary case of whole-class, issue-based discussion shows how this kind of discussion can support a balance between teacher and student control of activity. This discussion occurred in a seventh-grade general science class consisting of 30 students in Oakland, California. Results suggest a fairly high degree of student control. In addition, the analysis of the co-text surrounding student and teacher requests and statement indicates that while students and teacher contributed to controlling the discussion, they did so from different roles with different investments. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April, 1995).