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ERIC Number: EJ920993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
On Observing Student Silence
Amundrud, Thomas
Qualitative Inquiry, v17 n4 p334-342 Apr 2011
This article uses conversation analysis (CA) to look at how students in an advanced EGAP (English for general academic purposes) course discussion test create and manage the silence of a group member during the 7-min session. This is combined with a personal narrative inquiry, coinspired by autoethnography, on the author's participation in the discourse and production of these silences. The CA findings indicate that turn allocations and interactional support in discussion test groups appear to be a significant factor in student silences, whereas the reflexive narrative indicates possible pedagogical limitations and changes to the author's practice. This study concludes by evaluating the research methods used, discussing the tensions and potentials of incorporating narrative techniques with CA and giving possible directions for further inquiry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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