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ERIC Number: EJ1087185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Creating a Dialogic Space for Research: A Reading Conference in a Chinese Complementary School
Hancock, Andy
Language and Education, v30 n2 p126-142 2016
This article draws on research carried out in a Chinese complementary school in Scotland. The research focused on children's experience of learning to read Chinese and on the strategies that they used to support their learning. Here, I provide an account of one particular aspect of this research, namely the creation of a dialogic space for gathering and interpreting data through the setting up of six reading conferences between individual students and their teacher. The reading conferences involved two broad activities. First, each child was asked to read aloud a passage written in Chinese. This was followed by a think-aloud session which took the form of a three-way dialogue between the child, the teacher and me (as the researcher). In this article, I show how the reading conferences unfolded by drawing on one example of an eight-year old boy of Hong Kong heritage. I also detail some of the insights into his learning strategies that emerged from the three-way dialogue during the think-aloud sessions. The article concludes with reflection on: (1) the particular advantages that accrue from creating such dialogic spaces for research, especially at the stage of data interpretation; and (2) on the value of dialogic methodology in educational settings characterised by considerable linguistic and cultural diversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; United Kingdom (Scotland)
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