ERIC Number: EJ1021952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Perspectives of Whole-Class Discourse: Focusing on Effective Instruction to Improve Student Learning
Bennett, Cory A.
Action in Teacher Education, v35 n5-6 p475-488 2013
Improving student learning is a constant goal within classrooms and schools, yet decisions based on a single test score may lead to less effective learning environments. Increased student learning stems from more effective and student-centered learning situations wherein students play a fundamental role in the formulation and development of their learning. Because these learning situations are typically developed and enacted by teachers, teachers' perspectives on effective instructional practices are important in understanding how best to improve and refine learning situations. This article examines nine middle-level mathematics teachers' perspectives toward whole-class discourse (WCD) from three diverse school districts. Specifically, teachers' definition and evidence of meaningful WCD is examined along with their roles and responsibilities when facilitating WCD. Areas of strength and concern are highlighted so that teachers and teacher leaders have a better understanding of how to structure and implement WCD as an effective instructional strategy to improve student learning.
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Student Improvement, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices, Mathematics Teachers, Classroom Communication, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Discourse Communities, Teacher Role, Teacher Responsibility, Definitions, Praxis, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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