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Talk Factory: supporting 'exploratory talk' around an interactive whiteboard in primary school science plenaries

Kerawalla, Lucinda; Petrou, Marilena and Scanlon, Eileen (2012). Talk Factory: supporting 'exploratory talk' around an interactive whiteboard in primary school science plenaries. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22(1) 89 -102.

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Previous research into enhancing children’s educational dialogues during group work has recognised the role of teachers in modelling dialogue and guiding their students’ engagement in reasoning. Whole-class plenaries also offer teachers such opportunities but the technological support of dialogue in plenaries remains relatively unexplored. Our comparative study evaluated teachers’ use of Talk Factory – innovative software designed to model and represent students’ engagement with the ground rules of exploratory talk in science plenaries. Our qualitative analysis compares the dialogue during lessons taught by two teachers where Talk Factory was used, with previous lessons by the same teachers where it was not used. We found that the nature of the dialogue in the intervention classes changed considerably: instead of plenaries characterised by unsubstantiated responses from students, the teachers used TF to mediate their students’ exploration, and challenge, of each others’ ideas. We explore the significance of these findings in respect of practice-based implications and future research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1747-5139
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: talk factory; dialogue; classroom; argumentation; exploratory talk; interactive whiteboard
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 33433
Depositing User: Lucinda Kerawalla
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 08:09
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 11:14
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