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ERIC Number: EJ859748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Professor Points: Part 1
Karacalik, Mary
Mathematics Teaching, n215 p42-44 Sep 2009
For years this author has been a keen advocate of co-operative talk as a way of learning and has felt confident that her pupils are learning from each other. She creates opportunities for her Year two class to talk and work in pairs and groups across the curriculum, with many such interactions occurring each day. As part of an action research project to develop discussion based learning in mathematics, she decided to record the children's talk. Interestingly, she found that the recorded conversations seemed to replicate almost exactly the findings of the SLANT (Spoken Language and New Technology) research project (Wegerif and Scrimshaw 1997), which found three main types of interaction: (1) Domination (withdrawal of quieter one); (2) Pursuance of own ideas individually; and (3) Unproductive disagreement). Subsequent interviews with approximately one-third of the students convinced Karacalik that she needed to aim for "effective sharing of information, explanation of opinions, critical examination of explanations" (Barnes and Todd 1997).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom