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ERIC Number: EJ855023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0155-0640
Classroom Discourse of an Experienced Teacher of Indigenous Children
Thwaite, Anne
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v27 n2 p75-91 2004
This paper will examine the discourse of one experienced teacher of Indigenous children in lessons observed as part of the Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL) project conducted by Edith Cowan University in Perth. In the classroom observed, all the children were Indigenous and the teacher was aware that some children were suffering from CHL. This analysis will identify some features of the discourse of this teacher, who was very experienced in this context and who was identified as successful by her peers and the school community, with the aim of describing some of the strategies which contribute to her success. These strategies include constructing an inclusive classroom environment, empowering the students, avoiding authoritarianism and being responsive to the students. How these techniques are expressed in the discourse will be discussed here. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia