ERIC Number: EJ782087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 63
Bringing the Background to the Foreground: What Do Classroom Environments that Support Authentic Discussions Look Like?
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.
Descriptors: Grade 5, Physical Environment, Classroom Environment, Instructional Effectiveness, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Interaction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Interviews, Elementary School Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Classroom Techniques, Student Participation, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Identifiers - Location: Florida