ERIC Number: ED473958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Differences in Students' Engagement in Literature Discussions.
Godinho, Sally; Shrimpton, Bradley
This paper discusses research in progress which is examining differences in the ways that boys and girls engage in small-group literature discussions, and the enabling strategies teachers use to support student talk. The paper uses case studies which draw on videotaped data from small-group literature discussions, interviews with teachers, and student focus groups to provide insights into teacher practice in small-group discussions. It states that the research project was conducted in three schools located in the Melbourne suburbs--approximately 120 children participated, and 12 teachers were recruited from the three primary levels: lower primary (Prep-Year 2); middle primary (Years 3-4); and upper primary (Years 5-6). The paper finds that what is emerging as more significant than gender-based differences in the ways that boys and girls engage in literature discussions is their socio-cultural positioning to the discussion process. It notes that it is planned that in 2003 the CD-ROM produced from the rich data collected in the project will be used as a learning and teaching resource in two undergraduate subjects in the Bachelor of Teaching program, and will also be made available for inservice professional development. (Contains 22 references and 3 figures.) (Author/NKA)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Communication, Data Analysis, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Literature Appreciation, Sex Differences, Teacher Education
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/02pap/god02471.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia