Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
  • Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
  • Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
ISBN: 157110884X
EAN13: 9781571108845
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 4, 2011
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.2" L x 7.3" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

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Book Overview

Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas.

Unfortunately, academic conversations are rare in many classrooms. Talk is often dominated by the teacher and a few students, or it does not advance beyond short responses to the teacher's questions. Even certain teaching approaches and curriculum programs neglect to train students how to maintain a focused, respectful, and thoughtful conversation.

To address these challenges, authors Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford have identified five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. These skills include: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and/or challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing. This book shows teachers how to weave the cultivation of academic conversation skills and conversations into current teaching approaches. More specifically, it describes how to use conversations to build the following:

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