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Silence, meanings and learning: teacher's constructs of silence and a different discourse of practice in teaching and learning

Ollin, Ros (2006) Silence, meanings and learning: teacher's constructs of silence and a different discourse of practice in teaching and learning. International Journal of Learning, 11. ISSN 1447-9494

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    The manner and context of teachers’ verbal discourse has been well documented and much has been written on
    the ways in which teachers’ use of spoken language impacts on the teaching and learning process. However,
    there has been little about ‘the spaces’ between the words and the ways in which different social and personal
    constructions of ‘silence’ may translate into classroom practice. This study begins to explore how silence occurs
    intentionally or non-intentionally within the duration of a learning session and how some teachers conceptualise
    and use silences. It is based on a pilot study acting as a prelude to a larger scale piece of research. The subject
    under investigation is teachers’ perceptions of silence, exploring the hypothesis that people have different
    conceptions of silence and different associations with various kinds of silence. The inquiry focuses on teachers’
    conceptions of silences in their everyday lives (i.e. personal lives separate from their professional lives as
    teachers) and, using these personal conceptions as a base, the ways in which they perceive their use of silence in
    the classroom. By using their silences rather than their talking, the study begins to examine ways in which
    teachers may be helped to explore a different way of looking at their own practice.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Reproduced by kind permission of Common Ground Publishing © Common Ground
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Teachers and Silence, Meanings of Silence, Silence and Metaphor, Teachers’ Personal and Professional Lives, Practice of Teachers
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2008 12:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:22


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