Knowing pedagogical dialogues for learning: Establishing a repertoire of classroom interaction practices as core teaching practice

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Abstract

Pedagogical talk in classroom lessons forms the dynamism of teaching and learning. Understanding how talk functions and influences learning in highly nuanced ways is a fundamental mater for understanding professional practice, and indeed teacher efficacy.However, it is often the case that preservice teacher’s (PSTs) explicit knowledge about the role of dialogue for accomplishing lessons hovers above understanding and enacting a repertoire of talk moves that ‘actively’ promotes student learning and agency. Indeed, both a meta-awareness of dialogic approaches to teaching, and a metalanguage language
for talking about talk in lessons, is generally limited to cursory knowings focused on questioning. Arguably, this limitation has the potential to restrict student learning when PSTs begin their teaching careers. The chapter draws on a three-year empirical study conducted in a teacher education faculty in rural Australia. The study centred on supporting PSTs understand dialogicality as core to teaching and to practise enacting quality pedagogical dialogues in classrooms with students. Specifically, this chapter argues that to be productive it is necessary for PSTs to understand, develop and practise a repertoire
of interactive talk moves that treat student contributions in discussions as critical for the accomplishment of productive learning experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary pedagogies in teacher education and development
EditorsYehudith Weingerger, Zipora Libman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIn-Tech
Chapter5
Pages67-85
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781789235456
ISBN (Print)9781789235449
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2018

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