1st Edition

The Art of Discussion-Based Teaching Opening Up Conversation in the Classroom

By John Henning Copyright 2008
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Opening Up the Conversation leads practicing and preservice K-12 teachers through the process of creating more open, student-centered discourse in their classrooms. Readers are first introduced to types of teacher questions, student responses, and teacher follow-up moves that are associated with both open and closed discourse. Author John Henning then helps readers identify the most likely places for open and closed classroom discourse by examining an entire unit of instruction and by looking closely at three distinct types of discussions—framing, conceptual, and application. Readers are introduced to specific discourse moves, the patterns of discussion, the amount of preparation, and the types of accountability strategies needed to construct each of these discussions. The final chapter of the book shows readers how to videotape and analyze their classroom interactions in a teacher study group.

    @contents:Selected Contents:

    Part I Classroom Discourse Moves

    Chapter 1 Asking Questions

    Chapter 2 Student Responses

    Chapter 3 Teacher Follow Up Moves

    Part II Guiding and Creating Discussions

    Chapter 4 Guiding Discussions

    Chapter 5 Creating Discussions

    Part III Keeping Students Involved

    Chapter 6 Building a Climate for Discussion

    Chapter 7 Supporting Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

    Part IV The "Bowtie"

    Chapter 8 The Bow Tie

    Chapter 9 Creating the Framing Discussion

    Chapter 10 Creating the Conceptual Discussion

    Chapter 11 Creating the Application Discussion

    Part V Analyzing Discussions

    Chapter 12 Collaborating in a Teacher Study Group


    John E. Henning is Associate Professsor of Educational Psychology and Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa.