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ERIC Number: EJ782087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Bringing the Background to the Foreground: What Do Classroom Environments that Support Authentic Discussions Look Like?
Hadjioannou, Xenia
American Educational Research Journal, v44 n2 p370-399 2007
Authentic discussions are dialogically oriented classroom interactions where participants present and consider multiple perspectives and often use others' input in constructing their contributions. Despite their instructional effectiveness, authentic discussions are reportedly rare in classrooms. This qualitative case study examines the features of the environment of a fifth-grade classroom community where authentic discussions were frequent. The examination used recorded class sessions, interviews, and field notes to identify seven aspects of the classroom environment that appeared to be essential to the presence of authentic discussions: physical environment, curricular demands and enacted curriculum, teacher beliefs, student beliefs about discussions, relationships among members, classroom procedures, and norms of classroom participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida