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Thinking aloud means talking allowed: group work in the primary school mathematics classroom

Monaghan, Frank (2010). Thinking aloud means talking allowed: group work in the primary school mathematics classroom. In: Thompson, Ian ed. Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary Schools, 2nd edition. Maidenhead: The Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education, pp. 58–71.


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This chapter looks at the role of talk in the primary mathematics classroom, with a particular focus on the 'Thinking Together' approach developed by Neil Mercer and colleagues. It describes how children need to be explicitly taught how to 'do' exploratory group talk and discusses data from a research project the author was involved in into this topic and discusses the implications for teaching and learning.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Editor and the Contributors
ISBN: 0-335-24153-0, 978-0-335-24153-8
Keywords: exploratory talk; primary mathematics
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 22364
Depositing User: Frank Monaghan
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 11:42
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 16:22
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