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ERIC Number: EJ831310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Discussions in a Fourth-Grade Classroom: Using Exploratory Talk to Promote Children's Dialogic Identities
Reninger, Kristin Bourdage; Rehark, Lisa
Language Arts, v86 n4 p268-279 Mar 2009
In this article, we address the ways children collaborate to inquire about text in the context of group discussions, addressing the question: How do students stay on-topic and sustain their discussions of text? We speculate that a framework for dialogic discourse, referred to as exploratory talk, allows students to understand that discussions of text are about collaborating, thinking together, asking questions, and reasoning about the text or a topic related to the text. (Contains 1 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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