ERIC Number: ED525748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of Quiet Students
Reda, Mary M.
Why are students silent? Using written reflections and interviews, Mary M. Reda examines students' perceptions of speaking and being silent in a first-year composition classroom, and explores how their teachers, classroom relationships, and their own sense of identity shape their decisions to speak or be silent. By challenging many firmly held beliefs about those quiet students in the back of the classroom, "Between Speaking and Silence" offers the new vision that silence is not necessarily problematic. The table of contents contains the following chapters: (1) Listening to the Silences in Our Classrooms: A Study of "Quiet" Students; (2) Considering the Problem of Silence; (3) Locating Myself: Between Speaking and Silence; (4) Situating the Study; (5) "What Teachers Want": Exploring Teaching Practices; (6) Identity and Community: Negotiating Ethos and Audience; and (7) Learning to See in a Whole New Light: Reimagining the Silences in Our Classrooms. Teaching Practices, is appended. Also includes notes, a bibliography, and an index.
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Speech Communication, Student Attitudes, Oral Language, Auditory Stimuli, Perspective Taking, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Identification (Psychology), Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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