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Learning to collaborate – collaborating to learn
Karen Littleton talk at CALRG 09
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18 May 2009
Leverhulme project –children’s computer-based problem solving
- Are two heads better than one?
- Impact of gender and ability pairing?
- Features of dialogue associated with learning outcomes?
- Interested in talk and joint activity
Spoken language andnew technology project
- Observed primary school kids talking when they worked together in small groups at the computer in computer settings
- Over 50 hours of recording, analysis showed that a lot of the talk was not effective
- Is talk in which the tentative expression and evaluation of ideas are collective enterprises
- Is talk in which partners engage critically but constructively with each other’s ideas
- Relevant info is offered for joint consideration
- Proposal may e challenged and counter-challenge
- Use of exploratory talk to help students work more effectively in small groups
- Series of talk-based lessons to enable this; kids develop a set of ground rules and shared respect and responsibility