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Booktalk Dilemmas: teachers’ organisation of pupils’ reading
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2822-4789
2002 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 46, no 4, 391-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The syllabus for mother tongue teaching in Sweden states that an essential goal is that pupils, in conversation with others, should be able to express feelings and thoughts evoked by literature. The present paper addresses how schools try to promote pupils’ reading, examining authentic school-run booktalk conversations from a discursive approach. The data consists of video-recorded sessions with small groups of pupils in Grades 4–7. A series of booktalk dilemmas were identified. The studied so-called book clubs were aimed at promoting reading for pleasure. Yet, literary practices were, at times, transformed into (i) calculating tasks, (ii) vocabulary lessons, or, (iii) reading aloud exercises. Another complication concerned the synchronising of the pupils’ reading that led to extensive negotiations on the part of teacher and pupils.

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Routledge , 2002. Vol. 46, no 4, 391-408 p.
Keyword [en]
booktalk, dilemmas, discourse analysis, literature pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10629DOI: 10.1080/0031383022000024570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-10629DiVA: diva2:17339
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Original publication: Katarina Eriksson, Booktalk Dilemmas: teachers’ organisation of pupils’ reading, 2002, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, (46), 4, 391-408. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0031383022000024570. Copyright: Taylor and Francis (Routledge group), http://www.routledge.com/Available from: 2008-01-28 Created: 2008-01-28 Last updated: 2013-09-25
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1. Life and Fiction: On intertextuality in pupils’ booktalk
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2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines booktalk, that is, teacher-led group discussions about books for children in a Swedish school. The empirical data comprise 24 hours of videorecorded booktalk in grades 4–7. In total, 40 children (aged 10–14 years) were recorded during 24 sessions. The present approach diverges from previous readerresponse studies in that it draws on authentic data, and in that it examines talk at a micro level, applying an approach from discursive psychology. By focusing on authentic book discussions, the study contributes to the development of readerresponse methods.

All eight books applied in the booktalk sessions involved some type of  existential issue: freedom, separation, loyalty, and mortal danger (Chapter 4). Yet, such issues were rarely discussed. An important task of the present thesis was to understand why such issues did not materialise, that is, what did not take place. In Chapter 5, a series of booktalk dilemmas were identified. The booktalk sessions were generally lively and informal. Yet, booktalk as such was often transformed into other local educational projects; e.g. time scheduling, vocabulary lessons or reading aloud exercises.

Gender was invoked in all booktalk sessions (Chapter 6). In line with predictions from reader-response theory, progressive texts were, at times, discussed in gender stereotypical ways. The findings also revealed a generational pattern in that the pupils discussed fictive children in less traditional ways than adult characters.

The interface between texts and life was invoked in all booktalk sessions (Chapter 7). There was, again, a generational pattern in that children entertained ideas other than those of their teachers concerning legitimate topics in a school context. Also, the discussions revealed a problem of balance between pupils’ privacy, on the one hand, and engaging discussions on texts and life, on the other.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2002. 77 + references and appendicies A-C p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 251
Keyword
Reader response, children’s literature, discourse analysis, booktalk, gender, barn och böcker, bokprat, diskursanalys, intertextualitet, litteraturpedagogik i skolan
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15146 (URN)91-7373-299-0 (ISBN)
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2002-05-08, Hörsalen, Stadsbiblioteket, Östgötagatan 5, 581 19 Linköping, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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