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The price of participation: Teacher control versus student participation in classroom interaction
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 52, no 2, 205-223 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to further the understanding of how content is learned in classrooms, using conversation analysis (CA) and variation theory for the analysis. Classroom video materials from two mathematics classrooms in Sweden and the USA are analysed. A result of the study is the empirical explication of the tension between the need for teacher content control and the simultaneous contradictory need for student participation in educational interaction. The article also develops variation theory toward a more sensitive understanding of the sequential implications of interaction and suggests CA can benefit from more systematic understandings of content orientation in interaction. In doing so, the presumed gulf between acquisitionist and participation understandings of learning is challenged.

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2008. Vol. 52, no 2, 205-223 p.
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learning, interaction, mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141540DOI: 10.1080/00313830801915853ISI: 000254347300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141540DiVA: diva2:385796
Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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