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“If You Hear My Voice, Do the Hula”: The Nature of Teacher Talk during Classroom Routine in Intermediate Classrooms in an Exemplary Urban School
by Sangmeister, Karen M., Ed.D., St. John Fisher College, 2008, 191; 3443406
Abstract (Summary)

In this study, a gap is identified in the literature about teacher talk in elementary classrooms. In particular, there is not rich description of teacher talk during the routine times of the elementary classroom, the times when the class is being organized and directed so that instruction can commence or resume. The study used an ethnographic strategy of studying four teachers in an exemplary urban school, as an immersed observer, in order to determine the nature of their talk to children during the routine of the school day. The findings included many examples of teacher talk, foregrounded as more important than the researcher’s analysis. Analysis revealed that teachers teach during the routine of the day and that teachers in an exemplary urban school show congruence between their stated philosophies and goals, the literature concerning culturally relevant practice, and the nature of their talk to children.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Collins, Mary
Commitee: Jacobs, Gloria
School: St. John Fisher College
Department: School of Education Executive Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Pedagogy, Communication
Keywords: Classroom routine, Discourse analysis, Ethnographic, Exemplary schools, Intermediate grades, Teacher talk, Urban education
Publication Number: 3443406
ISBN: 978-1-124-48352-8
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