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Fisher, Eunice – Language and Education, 1993
The spoken language occurring when primary school children work in groups at the computer was examined. Findings suggest that discourse accompanying highly structured software conforms well to the initiation/response/follow-up (IRF) structure, with the computer often taking the initiating role. The more open-ended the program, the more…
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software
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Fisher, Eunice – Language and Education, 1993
Classroom discourse is evaluated for the contribution it can make to students' learning in groups. Data recorded from primary age children working at computers are categorized as exploratory, cumulative, and disputational talk. The teacher's role in making explicit strategies that optimize exploratory talk is discussed. (Contains 31 references.)…
Descriptors: Child Language, Classroom Communication, Computer Assisted Instruction, Discourse Analysis
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Fisher, Eunice – Language and Education, 1996
Identifies the features of effective educational talk, using contextual differences between educational and social settings as starting points for the examination of students' seminar discourse, videotaped during a study of small-group classroom discussions in the United Kingdom. Findings reveal that these features include an appreciation of the…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Students, Context Effect, Discourse Analysis