What is it about?

In classrooms, teacher and students often talk to each other. Sometimes, it is teacher who do most of the talking while at other times it is students who take the lead. In any case, talk is common. This article explores how talk in science classrooms can be organised in specific ways to enhance interchange of lots of students' ideas on the scientific concept. Tools for talk organisation are delineated which can help teachers foster dialogue among students on scientific issues. Specific stages of talk organisation- Foundation, Initiation and Perpetuation have been identified.

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Why is it important?

This tool - teacher discourse moves- does not require any resources or special efforts. It is only about tweaking in the way teacher conducts classroom talk. It is cost-free and brings great learning benefits.


This article is a personal journey of evolution as a teacher. Also, it empowered me to be reflect on my own ways of lesson organisation. I hope this article benefits other teachers and parents to learn how "talk with children" can be powerful engine of change.

Dr. Garima Bansal
University of Delhi

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This page is a summary of: Teacher discursive moves: conceptualising a schema of dialogic discourse in science classrooms, International Journal of Science Education, September 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1514543.
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