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ERIC Number: EJ1139425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
Sounds of Education: Teacher Role and Use of Voice in Interactions with Young Children
Koch, Anette Boye
International Journal of Early Childhood, v49 n1 p57-72 Apr 2017
Voice is a basic tool in communication between adults. However, in early educational settings, adult professionals use their voices in different paralinguistic ways when they communicate with children. A teacher's use of voice is important because it serves to communicate attitudes and emotions in ways that are often ignored in early childhood classroom research. When teachers take different roles in relation to children, they use their voice with different pitch, melody, and loudness. This research examined how various acoustic elements in teachers' voices are associated with different teaching roles when explored from a child-sensitive perspective. The paper proposes an analytical framework in order to characterize paralinguistic elements in teacher's voices with potential consequences for children's affective responses. The paper analyzes auditory elements (pitch, melody, and loudness) that can be recognized in the voices of adult professionals. These are categorized with reference to four different teacher roles: a mentor role, a nurturer role, a controller role, and a playmate role. The findings reveal how auditory elements of teachers' voices need consideration when planning and evaluating educational practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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