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ERIC Number: EJ949918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
"I'm Going to Split You All up": Examining Transitions to Group/Pair Work in Two Primary English Classrooms
Lwin, Soe Marlar; Goh, Christine; Doyle, Paul
Language and Education, v26 n1 p19-33 2012
Lesson transitions are important units for analysis not only for establishing the presence of group/pair work but also for examining the contextual conditions for small-group learning. Scholars have suggested that the "open" or "closed" contextual conditions set up through the teacher's use of language to introduce group/pair work influence the quality of pupil's talk and interthinking, i.e. the use of language for thinking together and collectively solving problems. The nature of transition, however, has not been fully characterised in the research literature for us to understand what these conditions are. In this paper, we present the findings from an analysis of teachers' discourse when the teachers introduced their pupils to group/pair work in two primary English classrooms in Singapore. Our analysis shows the extended and recursive nature of lesson transitions in these classrooms, as well as how the two teachers orchestrated conditions of entry into group/pair work and how the pupils were (un)successfully inducted into such tasks. These preliminary findings about transitions can have pedagogical implications for the ways teachers can create conditions that will support learning when they introduce group/pair work to their pupils. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore