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The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Student Classroom Talk Within Public Education

Sat, April 14, 8:15 to 9:45am, New York Hilton Midtown, Floor: Concourse Level, Concourse E Room

Session Type: Symposium


The four papers in this international symposium make explicit discourse conditions of K-12 classrooms that cultivate robust student inquiry. These studies from USA, UK and New Zealand employ varied methodology (quasi-experimental, experimental, mixed methods and sociocultural discourse analysis) to explicate discourse patterns of learning conditions within and across classrooms, across time, across curricular content, and across age of students. All studies acknowledge the complexity of talk features working together even as they individually home in on the functions of student questioning, learning talk, and teacher talk moves. Findings contribute to our understandings of relationships among student engagement in inquiry activity, questioning, connecting learning talk, and ways teachers can encourage greater student participation and higher levels of cognitive engagement.

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