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ERIC Number: EJ1088424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom: Embodied Participation as Active Reception in the Collective Zone of Proximal Development
van Compernolle, Rémi A.; Williams, Lawrence
Classroom Discourse, v4 n1 p42-62 2013
This article explores the notion of "active reception" during small-group collaborative interaction in the foreign language classroom, focusing on the embodied participation of a secondary (nonspeaking) interactant, Diane. Drawing on Vygotskian sociocultural theory, we argue that within small-group work, a Zone of Proximal Development can form in which individuals pool their collective resources to push the group's developing understanding of a problem or task while at the same time potentially benefiting individual members of the group. Through the analysis of video-recorded small-group work, we illustrate how Diane attends to the primary interactions driving the group's solving of a problem, and we suggest that this form of active reception has the potential to help her develop her analytic abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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