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'Scaffolding': learning in the classroom

Maybin, Janet; Mercer, Neil and Stierer, Barry (1992). 'Scaffolding': learning in the classroom. In: Norman, Kate ed. Thinking Voices: The work of the National Oracy Project. London: Hodder & Stoughton, pp. 186–195.

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Recent interest in talk and learning in the classroom has encouraged a new metaphorical use for the term 'scaffolding'. This term is increasingly used to describe certain kinds of support which learners receive in their interaction with parents, teachers and other 'mentors' as they move towards new skills, concepts or levels of understanding. It is a term which helps to portray the temporary, but essential, nature of the mentor's assistance as the learner advances in knowledge and understanding.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 1992 NCC Enterprises Ltd.
ISBN: 0-340-57312-0, 978-0-340-57312-9
Keywords: language acquisition; oral communication;
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 20227
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 15:34
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 12:22
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