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ERIC Number: EJ933254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1741-4350
The Effect of Exploratory Talk on the Development of Sentence Structure in Able Writers
Robins, Gill
Literacy, v45 n2 p78-83 July 2011
This one-term practitioner research study, conducted with 33 Year 5 children, considers the impact of teaching exploratory talk skills on the learning of the class, with particular consideration of the development of the ability of gifted and talented children to manipulate and control sentence structure to create effect. Beginning with metatalk activities, the class defined new talk rules, putting them into practice in an action-research project. The study then went on to consider the detailed application of these skills in a focus group of six gifted children. In order to meet with the requirements of a wider study, the impact of this focus group on the learning of the whole class was observed. While many children, both those in the focus group and the wider class, appeared to embrace exploratory talk as a route to independence of the class teacher, some children were more reluctant to engage. The article concludes with an evaluation of the impact of exploratory talk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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