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ERIC Number: EJ912613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Why Talk Is Important
Barnes, Douglas
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v9 n2 p7-10 Sep 2010
In this brief retrospective essay, the value of a particular kind of classroom talk is extolled--not the kind of talk that simply feeds back information, but rather talk that has the power to shape knowledge through participant engagement with a range of processes: hypothesising, exploration, debate and synthesis. This kind of talk is the antithesis to "right answerism" and facilitates learning which is active and which prepares young people for a complex world with many uncertainties and many occasions when rational choice is required.
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom