Talk about text during independent writing : what teacher-student interaction suggests for how we understand students' competence
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Christina DavidsonChristina Davidson
Talk about Text during Independent Writing: what teacher-student interaction suggests for how we understand students' competenceTalk between students and their teachers is central to learning at school, yet students' competence is often understood as the outcome of instructional talk rather than essential to successful participation in instructional talk. Curriculum frameworks used to attribute students with levels of competence reflect these understandings. This article employs Conversation Analysis to consider student-teacher interaction during an independent writing lesson. Discussion of their interaction establishes the link between the student's taken-for-granted knowledge of teacher talk and the teacher's instruction. The finding suggests the importance of locating students’ competence within the context of instructional talk between teachers and students.