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ERIC Number: EJ1047576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3607
Turn with Students: Making Conversation a Priority in Teacher Education
Harman, William Gregory
Critical Questions in Education, v2 n2 p93-104 Sum 2011
In this article, the author describes his attempt to define conversation in the context of teaching, and to explain why it is a vital focus, both theoretically and practically. This article illustrates how educators currently do not pursue the systematic teaching of conversation in teacher education. Harman then presents a few existing ideas that could be productive starting points for a pedagogy of conversation, and, finally, offer ideas for what educators could afford to sacrifice in order to spend more time on conversation with teacher candidates. He argues that educators need to better cultivate in their teacher candidates the ability to converse, to turn things over with students. Educators must instruct the candidates in how to speak with their students, rather than merely to them, or even worse, at them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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