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Learning Relationships in the Classroom

1st Edition

Edited by Dorothy Faulkner, Karen Littleton, Martin Woodhead


330 pages

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This reader explores the nature of interactions between children and their teachers in the classroom. It emphasises the importance of such relationships for children's learning and for educational practice.

Part 1 looks at different cultural conceptions of the teacher-learner relationship, and how this relates to schooling, cognitive development and the aquisition of knowledge.

Part 2 takes a closer look at the role of language and dialogue in interactions between adults and children in classrooms.

Part 3 describes research by developmental psychologists on peer interaction and collaborative learning, and discusses how it has advanced our understanding of how children learn from each other.

Part 4 considers the implications of classroom-based collaborative learning initiatives and the potential for creating 'communities of enquiry' which change how we think about knowledge acquisition.


'Overall, the book provides an up-to-date account of the power that set and setting have on children's intellectual achievement and was very enjoyable and enlightening to read.' - First Language

'… an excellent selection of readings for those interested in child development and education … a wide-ranging, interesting and valuable resource.' - Peter K. Smith, Children & Society

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