Stand-alone computers supporting learning dialogues in primary classrooms

Wegerif, Rupert, Littleton, Karen and Jones, Anne (2005) Stand-alone computers supporting learning dialogues in primary classrooms. International Journal of Education Research, 39, (8), 851-860. (doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2004.11.007).


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This paper focuses on three distinctive ways in which educational software can
support learning dialogues in primary classrooms. After a re-capitulation of published research on Initiation Discussion Response Feedback (IDRF) exchanges, where the computer is used to stimulate discussion and then direct it through using feedback, we ask if there are other ways in which educational software and pedagogy can combine to support learning dialogues. We describe the effect of combining preparation for exploratory talk at the computer with group strategy games played against the computer and then we discuss, with examples, the role of software (in this case Bubble Dialogue) that allows groups to externalise their thoughts in order to reflect upon them. We argue that these three types of educational activity exemplify distinctive ways in which the computer enters into and supports educational dialogues.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2004.11.007
Additional Information: Although published in 2005 the official date is 2003 for some reason to do with this journal's publication schedule.
ISSNs: 0883-0355 (print)
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Keywords: Computers: Talk: Primary Education: Software design: Discourse Analysis: Collaborative learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 16289
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
24 November 2003Submitted
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:31

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