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ERIC Number: EJ787126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-716X
Talk and the Development of Reasoning and Understanding
Mercer, Neil
Human Development, v51 n1 p90-100 2008
Wertsch's clarification of Vygotsky's claims about the role of social interaction in the development of children's thinking made an important contribution to educational research. Revisiting that clarification, I suggest that "talk" instead of "speech" best describes Vygotsky's concern with the functional dynamics of dialogue rather than the language system. Reviewing research on teacher-pupil interaction and collaborative activity amongst peers, I then consider what evidence has now emerged to support Vygotsky's claims. The article ends with a brief summary of the current state of our understanding about the role of spoken dialogue in learning and development.
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Language: English
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