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Meaning making as an interactional accomplishment: a temporal analysis of intentionality and improvisation in classroom dialogue

Twiner, Alison; Littleton, Karen; Coffin, Caroline and Whitelock, Denise (2014). Meaning making as an interactional accomplishment: a temporal analysis of intentionality and improvisation in classroom dialogue. International Journal of Educational Research, 63 pp. 94–106.

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In this paper we offer a significant development of Baldry and Thibault’s (2006) notion of a ‘meaning-making trajectory’ to explore the collective, and often improvisational, interactional processes of meaning making in classroom dialogue. We report a sociocultural discourse analysis (Mercer, 2004) of a series of history lessons with a class of 6-7 year-old children, which utilises the notion of ‘meaning potential’: to highlight the valuable distinction and flexible interplay between a teacher’s intended meaning-making trajectory, and the meaning-making trajectories that are instantiated in interaction with pupils through dialogic interaction. We argue that where disparities are identified, often through pupils’ unexpected questions or contributions, there can be valuable teaching-and-learning opportunities for collaboratively constructing and appropriating common knowledge.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISSN: 0883-0355
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Extra Information: Special Issues: Representing Diversity in Education: Student identities in contexts of learning and instruction & Classroom-Based Talk
Keywords: meaning-making; learning; trajectories; socio-cultural discourse analysis; dialogue; interactive whiteboards;
Academic Unit/School: 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)
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Item ID: 37048
Depositing User: Karen Littleton
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 09:04
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 16:54
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