Classroom Interaction and Social Learning: From Theory to Practice

Classroom Interaction and Social Learning: From Theory to Practice

Classroom Interaction and Social Learning: From Theory to Practice

Classroom Interaction and Social Learning: From Theory to Practice

Synopsis

The contemporary classroom presents a wealth of opportunities for social interaction amongst pupils, leading to increased interest in teachers and researchers into the social nature of learning. While classroom interaction can be a valuable tool for learning, it does not necessarily lead to useful learning experiences. Through case studies, this book highlights the use of new analytical methodologies for studying the content and patterns of children's interactions and how these contribute to their construction of knowledge. Classroom Interaction and Social Learning will be of interest to students and in service teachers and researchers concerned with classroom discourse and learning.

Excerpt

Eemeli: yeah…but now we have a problem…this is too long… so…could it…should we…

Santeri: hey…let's move these

Eemeli: yeah, yeah…let's move…these don't belong…wait… where could the other triangle fit…oh

Santeri: or then…wait

Eemeli: hey…hey…what if one of these triangles is the best

Santeri: you mean these

Eemeli: no these ones…look then we could use squares that are equal size…try to find squares of this size two more… that thirty one…okay…where…twenty…this one here…look Santeri…this one goes here like this and this one here and the whole lot goes like this

Santeri: yeah

Eemeli: so…it should be formed out of these

Santeri: wait…like this

Eemeli: look…it is going to be like this

Santeri: oh yes

Eemeli: it should be formed with these

Santeri: yes it should

In this extract, derived from a geometrical problem-solving task in an elementary classroom, two students are actively involved in negotiating a joint meaning for the task and its solution. The reading of this extract is likely to arouse several questions that many educationalists - both researchers and practitioners - might want to investigate and elaborate. These questions may focus on the quality and nature of the interactions between these two students and how these contribute to their academic learning. They might also centre around the social relationships and expectations between the students and how these might facilitate or . . .

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