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ERIC Number: EJ789779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Classroom Discourse in the Literacy Hour in England: A Study of Two Lessons
Hall, Kathy; Allan, Christine; Dean, Jacqui; Warren, Sue
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v16 n3 p284-297 2003
The National Literacy Strategy with its accompanying daily Literacy Hour was introduced into all primary schools in England in 1999 and aims to enhance literacy standards. This paper is about the nature of interaction in the Literacy Hour. It is based on a collaborative micro-analysis of observational data from two poetry lessons conducted within the LH in two Year 6 classrooms in two different suburban schools in a city in the north of England. Taking a sociocultural perspective on literacy we attempt to make explicit the subject positions available to pupils and teachers in both settings, to show what is available to be learned, and "inter alia" to demonstrate what counts as valuable knowledge. We begin by providing a brief background to the theoretical and policy context of our empirical work, we present a slice of life from both classrooms which we then analyse. We conclude by speculating on the reasons for the deeply entrenched nature of recitation as a predominant interactional style in these lessons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)