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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (11 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335217443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335217441
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra Myhill is a Professor of Education at the University of Exeter; former English teacher, now Head of Initial Teacher Training; research interests in all aspects of literacy education, but particularly talk, writing and gender. Susan Jones is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter; a former Early Years teacher; lead researcher in recent studies investigating gender, talk, and currently writing. Rosemary Hopper is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Exeter; former English teacher; currently co-ordinator of mentor training and involved with teacher professional development.


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The book draws on a wide research base, including Vygotsky, Mercer and Alexander, and pulls it all together to serve as the basis for practitioner enquiry - research carried out by teachers themselves into improving the quality of talk in their own classrooms.
There is a good balance: the authors do not spend so long focusing on research methodology that you lose all sense of why they were doing it in the first place, nor do they focus entirely on case studies. But there is a real passion for the involvement of teachers taking responsibility for their own professional development and having the chance to see themselves as researchers, and this shines through the description of the project that formed the basis for the book.
There are also plenty of ideas for those seeking to use the book to improve talk for learning in their own school/classroom. The main areas of focus are the development of questioning, drawing on children's prior experience, interactive teaching, supporting children to make connections in their learning and scaffolding learning to support growing independence.
Well worth a read if this is an area of interest.
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