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ERIC Number: EJ794699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Teachers' Discourse during Cooperative Learning and Their Perceptions of This Pedagogical Practice
Gillies, Robyn M.; Boyle, Michael
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n5 p1333-1348 Jul 2008
This article describes the types of discourse seven high school teachers used during cooperative leaning. One classroom lesson where students worked in cooperating groups was audiotaped and fully transcribed for each teacher and a vignette of two of the teachers and one of the groups in his or her room are also provided. The data from the audiotapes showed that the teachers used a range of mediated-learning behaviours that included challenging students' perspectives, asking cognitive and metacognitive questions, and scaffolding students' learning. In turn, the students used many of the discourses they heard their teachers use in their interactions with each other. Follow-up interviews of teachers' perceptions of cooperative learning as a pedagogical practice that had efficacy revealed that they believed it was important to structure the groups (i.e., tasks, composition), teach the appropriate social skills, and present tasks that encouraged students to think critically and reflectively about their learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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