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Teacher-pupil talk in whole class discussions and processes of social positioning within the primary school classroom.

Black, Laura (2004) Teacher-pupil talk in whole class discussions and processes of social positioning within the primary school classroom. Language and Education, 18 (5). pp. 347-360.

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Abstract

The shape and form of effective teacher–pupil talk has recently become the focus of attention within policy guidelines such as the National Numeracy and Literacy Strategies. Prior to this, research on classroom discourse has established that social context plays an important role in determining the quality of teacher–pupil talk since it directs teachers' and pupils' interpretations of what is said. This paper presents a multi-layered approach to the analysis of whole-class discussions which highlights the impact of wider, institutional and historical aspects of the classroom context on the meanings relayed within interactions. Video and audio data, collected over a five-month period of participant observation in a primary school mathematics classroom, highlights how issues such as teacher expectations and time pressure influence the quality of interactions pupils experience. The paper concludes that teacher–pupil interactions play an instrumental role in determining the social positioning of pupils within the classroom and this has a profound effect on the pupil's access to the learning process. In light of such findings, the potential limitations of establishing and implementing guidelines on effective teacher–pupil talk within policy are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Language and Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: CONTEXT ; CLASSROOM DISCOURSE ; LEARNING
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 11472
Deposited By: Mrs Karen Gerrard
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2008 16:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11472

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