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ERIC Number: EJ1088431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Developing Dialogue in the Classroom: A Cultural Tool for Learning Together
Sewell, Alison
Classroom Discourse, v2 n2 p268-281 2011
The recent publication of "The New Zealand Curriculum" calls for students to become connected, creative, confident life-long learners. To realise this vision, fundamental change is required in the way teachers and students think about and participate in classroom-based teaching and learning. This paper discusses one aspect of an action research study that examined the development of a sociocultural approach called a community of learners in four New Zealand primary school classrooms. The results showed that developing a learning community required teachers and students to form reciprocal connections across intellectual, social, emotional and physical dimensions. This paper illustrates the emergence of dialogue as an essential component of developing a learning community. Results show the importance of teachers challenging their assumptions about teaching and learning and guiding students to engage in the reciprocal and responsive processes of dialogue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand