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Exploring Talk in School

Exploring Talk in School
Inspired by the Work of Douglas Barnes

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October 2008 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Classroom talk, by which children make sense of what their peers and teachers mean, is the most important educational tool for guiding the development of understanding and for jointly constructing knowledge. So what practical steps can teachers take to develop effective classroom interaction?

Bringing together leading international researchers and drawing on the pioneering work of Douglas Barnes, this book considers ways of improving classroom talk.

Key Features
  • Examines classroom communication and managing social relations
  • Addresses talk in science classrooms
  • Covers using critical conversations in studying literature
  • Looks at exploratory talk and thinking skills
  • Discusses talking to learn and learning to talk in the mathematics classroom
  • Investigates the 'emerging pedagogy' of the spoken word
With an accessible blend of theory, research and practice, the book will be a valuable resource for teachers, teacher-trainers, policy makers, researchers, and students.

Steve Hodgkinson and Neil Mercer
Douglas Barnes
Exploratory Talk for Learning
Phil Scott
Talking a Way to Understanding in Science Classrooms
Kathryn M Pierce and Carol Gilles
From Exploratory Talk to Critical Conversations
Neil Mercer and Lyn Dawes
The Value of Exploratory Talk
Yvette Solomon and Laura Black
Talking to Learn and Learning to Talk in the Mathematics Classroom
Robin Alexander
Culture, Dialogue and Learning: Notes on an Emerging Pedagogy
Judith Green, Beth Yeager and Maria Castanheira
Talking Texts into Being: On the Social Construction of Everyday Life and Academic Knowledge in the Classroom
Frank Hardman
Teachers' Use of Feedback in Whole-Class and Group-Based Talk
Courtney Cazden
Reflections on the Study of Classroom Talk
Gordon Wells and Tamara Ball
Exploratory Talk and Dialogic Inquiry

"The necessity of educating teachers about more effective techniques is made obvious in this excellent, thought-provoking book."

S. Sugarman
Bennington College

Will be adding this to essential reading list.

Elaine Haywood
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
November 15, 2010

This book could be seen as an essential text for undergraduate teachers. There are many practical suggestions which are firmly rooted in theory and research.

Mrs Tracy Parvin
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
September 30, 2009

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