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ERIC Number: EJ795016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
What in the World Happens in Classrooms? Qualitative Classroom Research
Candela, Antonia; Rockwell, Elsie; Coll, Cesar
European Educational Research Journal, v3 n3 p692-713 2004
This report synthesizes the discussion that took place in a Conference on Qualitative Classroom Research ("What in the world happens in classrooms?" ), organized by the authors and held in Oaxtepec, Mexico in May 2002. The primary aim was to visualize possible interconnections among the various disciplines represented by the 35 scholars who were present. We faced the initial difficulty of defining what "classrooms" are, have been, or will become. This led to a discussion of the various links between classrooms and their social contexts, which posed the problem of working on various spatial and temporal scales. The topic of learning was a constant preoccupation, as we considered that researchers still lack tools to connect specific teaching practices with student outcomes over time, and simultaneously to account for learning in other, non-classroom, spaces. Although qualitative classroom research has shown convincing results on the nature of verbal interaction, a current horizon is the integration on non-verbal modes of representation and communication, in ways that make sense to both researchers and participants. Finally, the knowledge of cultural and historical, global and local, (dis)continuities, provides a new angle for viewing classroom practices, but also entails methodological and conceptual challenges. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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