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ERIC Number: ED436711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-12
Pages: 60
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Sixth-Grade Student Self-Talk: Individual Thought, Collective Mind.
Cunniff, Peter C.
This qualitative research studied patterns of student self-talk (thought) in a sixth-grade mathematics classroom. The research sought greater understanding of the mental labels and operative cognitive structures upon which students rely in order to participate in schoolwork. Twenty-four students were given "math journals" and asked to record their thoughts and feelings as they occurred in class over a six-week period. Results supported a collective group-dynamics theoretical framework; 92% of recorded student self-talk seemed to assess either the threat/difficulty/danger facing the student group, the students' positions within the group, or the performance of the group "leader" (the teacher). These results may also support a socio-biological interpretation of student thought patterns, suggesting the possible existence of deeply imprinted habits of cognition which could have potentially important instructional implications. (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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