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Crafting instructions collaboratively: Student questions and dual addressivity in classroom task instructions
Örebro Universitet, Sverige.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Pedagogiskt arbete, Educational practice)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2314-4942
2016 (English)In: Discourse processes, ISSN 0163-853X, E-ISSN 1532-6950, ISSN 0163-853X, Vol. 53, 252-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines classroom task instructions—phases traditionally associatedwith noninteractional objectives and operations—and reveals their compositionas interactionally complex and cocrafted. Analyses of video sequences of taskinstructional activity from three different secondary school lessons show thatstudent questions routinely contribute to making task instructions followable. In thisenvironment, student questions set up tensions between the demand to respond tothe individual and responsibility to uphold the general instructional agenda. Datashow that, as addressees of student questions, instructors take great care to meetboth individual and collective accountabilities. To meet obligation to the addresseeand exploit the instructional benefit of the question for the cohort, dualaddressivity—targeting two or more addressees in response to a student question—proves a crucial method for achieving such principled practice. Educationally, itappears vital to recognize student instructed action as integral to task-relatedlearning.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 53, 252-279 p.
Keyword [en]
Addressivity; Conversation Analysis; Classroom interaction; Instructions; Questions
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Educational Sciences Pedagogical Work Didactics Social Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127361DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2015.1038128ISI: 000375001900002OAI: diva2:922329
Swedish Research Council

Funding agencies:  Committee for Educational Sciences of the Swedish Research Council

Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-05-30

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