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ERIC Number: EJ1092956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Constructing a Plan for Text-Based Discussion
DeFrance, Nancy L.; Fahrenbruck, Mary L.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v59 n5 p575-585 Mar-Apr 2016
Secondary students are often challenged to make sense of conceptually complex content area texts. Text-based discussion has the potential to facilitate comprehension by engaging students in collaboratively constructing their understanding of important ideas and relationships among ideas while interacting with a demanding text. However, teachers often find it difficult to construct prompts for discussion that effectively facilitate deep thinking. This article describes a professional development process in which middle and high school teachers analyzed texts and prepared plans with prompts to facilitate thinking in the context of text-based discussion. Teacher responses to this experience included (a) implementing the planning process using strong disciplinary knowledge, demonstrating student learning; (b) striving to create a thoughtful discussion plan while balancing competing demands for instructional focus, (c) constrained by required, low-quality curricular materials; and (d) contesting the demands of the professional development experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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