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ERIC Number: EJ893014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Leading Deep Conversations in Collaborative Inquiry Groups
Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Deuel, Angie; Slavit, David; Kennedy, Anne
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v83 n5 p175-179 2010
Collaborative inquiry groups, such as professional learning communities and lesson study groups, are proliferating in schools across the United States. In whatever form, the potential for impacting student learning through this collaborative work is expanded or limited by the nature of teachers' conversations. Polite, congenial conversations remain superficially focused on sharing stories of practice, whereas collegial dialogue probes more deeply into teaching and learning. Examples of talk taken from collaborative teacher inquiry groups are used to illustrate these important differences. Specific recommendations are provided, including the role that teacher leaders can play in adopting and modeling specific strategies that support the use of more substantive professional conversation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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