Rethinking classroom participation: listening to silent voices

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Teachers College Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Education - 173 pages
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In education, participation is most often defined as verbal responses that fit into the routine or classroom discourse established by the teacher. So it is no surprise that teachers tend to have limited understandings about how to interpret and use silences. In her new book, Katherine Schultz examines the complex role student silence can play in teaching and learning. Urging teachers to listen to student silence in new ways, this book offers real-life examples and proven strategies for "rethinking classroom participation" to include all students-those eager to raise their hands to speak and those who may answer in different ways.

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Contents

Participation and Silence in the Classroom
1
Forms and Functions of Silence
27
Classroom Silences Classroom Talk
57
Student Silences Curricular Participation
83
Learning from Student Silence
112
Partial Transcript of the Authors Chair Event
145
Index
161
About the Author
173
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