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ERIC Number: EJ1170976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0749-4025
EISSN: EISSN-2376-6670
The Underlife of the Classroom
Nguyen, Mai-Han
Journal of Classroom Interaction, v53 n1 p52-70 2018
This study examines how students' disruptive behavior occurs while the teacher is carrying out a formal class activity--checking homework. In daily classroom life, it has been common that teachers often follow the most uninspiring teaching method when checking homework (the teacher reads out loud each item in an exercise and then asks students for the answer), which students find boring. In this study, the author looks at the teacher's verbal expressions and embodiments, ones that potentially cause a lack of students' interest in the current class activity, and the students' nonverbal disruptive behavior, constructed by those who do not comply with the classroom's norm of appropriate participation. Using an analysis that combines both talk and the body, the author demonstrates how the students' disruptive behavior occurs alongside the teacher's checking homework activity. The author then discusses how mundane class activities such as checking homework can be boredom for students, and how this boredom can potentially lead to students' disengagement. The author then calls for changes in the checking homework activity to make it more interesting for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)
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