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ERIC Number: EJ898680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
The Nature of Teacher Talk during Small Group Activities
Rainer Dangel, Julie; Durden, Tonia Renee
Young Children, v65 n1 p74-78, 80-81 Jan 2010
Teacher talk is a powerful classroom tool. Studies document the importance of teacher language in children's development, in early literacy development, in children's perceptions of self and others, and in facilitating play. This article examines "teacher talk" and its elements--kinds of language, functions of language, promoting children's thinking, and power--during small group activities with 2- and 3-year-olds. After observing and videotaping activities in two early childhood classrooms, the authors are convinced that teachers can promote children's thinking and encourage their participation in authentic conversations. The authors examine how two teachers (in toddler and preschool classrooms) talk to children and facilitate small group activities to encourage children's thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A