ERIC Number: EJ762532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 45
Tools of Deliberation: Exploring the Complexity of Learning to Lead Elementary Civics Discussions
Beck, Terence A.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v33 n1 p103-119 Win 2005
Deliberative discussions are grounded in particular conceptions of democracy and are intensely difficult to learn to lead. This study uses a sociocultural lens to examine the cases of two elementary school teachers as they worked to foster deliberation in their classrooms. Speech code theory is used to uncover conceptual tools the teachers used as they appropriated the practical tools of deliberation. The practical tools of deliberation seemed to magnify existing (and sometimes conflicting) conceptual tools rather than facilitate the creation of new ones. The study suggests that learning to lead deliberative discussions requires continual attention to both the theory and the form of deliberation. Teachers might productively observe their own developing understanding of deliberation by examining how their students appropriate the practical tools of deliberation.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Democracy, Program Evaluation, Civics, Sociocultural Patterns, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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