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Wegerif, Rupert – Language and Education, 2005
The development of reason has long been an important aim for education. This is possibly reflected in the emphasis on the importance of explicit verbal reasoning in definitions of "Exploratory Talk", a concept that has had some influence on classroom teaching. In this paper I argue from transcript evidence that, while Exploratory Talk is a…
Descriptors: Creativity, Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language), Classroom Communication
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 1997
Argues that there are potential benefits in incorporating computer-based text analyses into methods for researching talk and educational activity in classrooms. Discusses the strengths and weaknesses of some existing approaches to the study of talk and collaborative activity and suggests ways that computer-based analysis of transcribed talk can…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Computational Linguistics, Cooperative Learning, Discourse Analysis
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 1996
Proposes an approach to teaching reasoning through classroom conversation that integrates group work around computers into curriculum-related activities. The article examines research on collaborative learning and describes a program in which the computer is used to direct children's explicit, joint reasoning in curriculum-related activities. (79…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil; Rojas-Drummond, Sylvia – Language and Education, 1999
Examines two sets of classrooms in Mexican preschools over a period of a year to see why one set of classes improved significantly in independent problem solving when compared with children in matching classes. Differences in two sets of data were explored with a method for investigating classroom talk that combines qualitative interpretation with…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Research, Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis