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Pantaleo, Sylvia – Language and Education, 2017
The data featured in this article were gathered during a classroom-based research project with Grade 2 (six- and seven-year-old) children. The overall purposes of the study included exploration of how the development of young children's understanding of elements of visual art and design would affect their comprehension, interpretation, and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Picture Books, Classroom Research, Elementary School Students
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Sofkova Hashemi, Sylvana – Language and Education, 2017
Access to digital technology in the classroom enables the composition and organization of ideas on screen with a variety of semiotic systems of different modes and media. This study explores patterns of communication and preference of design in digital meaning-making of twelve 7-8¬†years old students. Meanings were shaped in complex uses and…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Elementary School Students, Information Technology, Cultural Influences
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Shin, Dong-shin – Language and Education, 2014
This study explores a second-grade English language learner's literacy development and ability to use blogging for social and academic purposes, in the context of learning academic writing genres in a US urban school. Grounded in sociocultural theories, it conceptualizes learning as appropriation, and language as a dynamic and functional system of…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Literacy Education, Language Usage, Semiotics
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan; Silver, Rita – Language and Education, 2013
To better comprehend how educational reforms and classroom practice interconnect, we need to understand the epistemic environments created for learning, as well as the pedagogical activities and the modes of classroom discourse related to these activities. This article examines how a particular innovation in English literacy, Strategies for…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Classroom Techniques, Epistemology, Literacy Education
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Myhill, Debra; Dunkin, Frances – Language and Education, 2005
This paper draws on observation data from 54 teaching episodes in Year 2 and Year 6 whole-class teaching. It describes the findings of the analysis and illustrates how "interactive", whole-class teaching is characterised by questions requiring predetermined answers. Speculative questions, which invite opinions, hypotheses and imaginings,…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Wiese, Ann-Marie – Language and Education, 2004
This study unpacks the inherent tension that arises when any school adopts a particular model for reform--how to mesh a model with the reality of daily life in the classroom. In the field of bilingual education, programme models abound, and the literature reflects a great diversity among them, as well as efforts to evaluate their relative…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Educational Change, Ethnography, Bilingual Education
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McVittie, Janet – Language and Education, 2004
In this study, the oral conversations of primary students were examined in an effort to understand how student participation and role in discourse community affects their learning. Discourse analysis provided both an analytical framework for analysing student and teacher talk and a definition of discourse communities. The concept of discourse…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Discourse Communities, Discourse Analysis, Elementary School Students