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ERIC Number: EJ1089320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
Enriching the Space of Learning through Weaving: How a Teacher Builds Her Students' Understanding of (a) Genre over Time
Kramer-Dahl, Anneliese; Chia, Alexius
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v7 n1 p72-94 2012
This article draws its data from a collaborative intervention project "Expanding Textual Repertoires," which sought to help English teachers develop their students' higher-order work with language and texts in Singapore secondary schools. The focus is on the strategy of weaving, a form of connection-making which involves the deliberate shifting between levels and kinds of knowledge across instructional episodes, lessons and units and which facilitates students' progressively deeper exploration of concepts and skills over time. Drawing on relevant theoretical and conceptual discussions in educational linguistics and the learning sciences, the article first unpacks what makes explicit attention to relationships between different dimensions of knowledge an important factor in promoting intellectually challenging, engaging and coherent learning experiences. It then shows through the detailed analysis of the overall architecture of a curriculum unit on the news story genre and two episodes from its lessons what weaving looks like in an enacted curriculum which is intended to support students in their understanding of both the particular genre in focus and, more broadly, socially valued ways of exploring genre in the context of their school subject.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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