ERIC Number: EJ1088464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Examining Booktalks to Shed Light on Authentic Classroom Discussion
Hadjioannou, Xenia; Townsend, Jane S.
Classroom Discourse, v6 n3 p198-220 2015
In this qualitative case study, we examine the texture of talk in the booktalks of a fifth-grade classroom where authentic classroom discussions were common. The discourse analysis of classroom transcripts yielded 13 overlapping move categories describing the talk of the teacher, and nine the talk of the students. A comparison between authentic discussion and "other" episodes indicated that move categories and their usage differed substantially for both the teacher and the students. In authentic discussions, the teacher decreased her attempts to provide information and to set themes. At the same time the students increased their moves used to provide information, connect with written text, reflect and express opinion.
Descriptors: Grade 5, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Comparative Analysis, Literature, Case Studies, Literacy, Group Discussion, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Ethnography, Observation, Interviews, Transcripts (Written Records), Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida