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Vrikki, Maria; Wheatley, Lisa; Howe, Christine; Hennessy, Sara; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 2019
Research into classroom dialogue suggests that certain forms are especially productive for students' learning. Despite the large number of studies in this area, there is inadequate evidence about the prevalence of the identified forms, let alone their productivity. However, scarcity is widely presumed. The overall aim of the study reported in this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Video Technology, Faculty Development, Classroom Communication
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Howe, Christine; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 2017
This commentary discusses the four papers that comprise the special issue on dialogic teaching and learning, while making general observations that apply across the field as a whole. Similarities and differences are identified over the concepts of "dialogue" and "dialogic pedagogy". The possibility is raised that some aspects…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Multilingualism, Faculty Development, Cost Effectiveness
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Mercer, Neil; Warwick, Paul; Kershner, Ruth; Kleine Staarman, Judith – Language and Education, 2010
This paper is based on a project investigating the use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) as tools for children's group-based learning in primary science. A series of science activities were designed with participating teachers, in which groups of three or four children used the IWB to access information, consider options, plan actions and make…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Teacher Role
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Mercer, Neil; Dawes, Lyn; Staarman, Judith Kleine – Language and Education, 2009
This paper describes research on dialogue between teachers and pupils during primary school science lessons, using talk from two classrooms to provide our examples. We consider whether teachers use dialogue to make education a cumulative, continuing process for guiding the development of children's understanding. Case studies of two teachers,…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies
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Mercer, Neil; Sams, Claire – Language and Education, 2006
It is often claimed that working and talking with partners while carrying out maths activities is beneficial to students' learning and the development of their mathematical understanding. However, observational research has shown that primary school children often do not work productively in group-based classroom activities, with the implication…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 1997
Argues that there are potential benefits in incorporating computer-based text analyses into methods for researching talk and educational activity in classrooms. Discusses the strengths and weaknesses of some existing approaches to the study of talk and collaborative activity and suggests ways that computer-based analysis of transcribed talk can…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Computational Linguistics, Cooperative Learning, Discourse Analysis
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil – Language and Education, 1996
Proposes an approach to teaching reasoning through classroom conversation that integrates group work around computers into curriculum-related activities. The article examines research on collaborative learning and describes a program in which the computer is used to direct children's explicit, joint reasoning in curriculum-related activities. (79…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Wegerif, Rupert; Mercer, Neil; Rojas-Drummond, Sylvia – Language and Education, 1999
Examines two sets of classrooms in Mexican preschools over a period of a year to see why one set of classes improved significantly in independent problem solving when compared with children in matching classes. Differences in two sets of data were explored with a method for investigating classroom talk that combines qualitative interpretation with…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Research, Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis