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ERIC Number: EJ791164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1911
Distributing Agency by Developing Classroom Activity
Reed, Malcolm
Educational Review, v60 n2 p187-207 May 2008
This article offers two transcripts of classroom activity from a secondary comprehensive school in London. The transcripts capture passages of the same lesson, at first taught by the mainclass teacher and then by the author. Data gathered through video recording are presented as storied episodes of the activity field. By exploring the significance of visual activity as well as that of spoken discourse, comparison is made between two styles of teacher-learner interaction. Learners' acts of resistance and avoidance and the opportunities that give rise to them are considered as counteractions and as potentially productive tensions within the activity system. Bakhtin's (1981) concept of the chronotope is employed to represent activity and events in space and time. Finally, the value of teachers purposefully activating learners' agencies as a managed objective of collective action is discussed as a strategy for improving learning. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)