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ERIC Number: EJ782185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Closing the Gap between Concept and Practice: Toward More Dialogic Discussion in the Language Arts Classroom
Adler, Mary; Rougle, Eija; Kaiser, Eileen; Caughlan, Samantha
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v47 n4 p312-322 Dec 2003-Jan 2004
The term "discussion" is widely used to refer to any whole-class interaction around a text or experience. However, not everything that is termed discussion is equally conducive to student learning. In most classrooms, class discussion is a time for transmitting and reviewing course content. The authors refer to this activity instead as a question-and-answer session or recitation. In their work, discussion is more narrowly used to refer to a dialogic free exchange of information among three or more participants. In this article, they describe their work as facilitators with the Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA), drawing on their experiences there to show how they have encouraged teachers to make increased use of dialogic discourse in the classroom. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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