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The Articulate Classroom

Talking and Learning in the Primary School, 2nd Edition

Edited by Prue Goodwin


180 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This is a classic edition of Prue Goodwin’s acclaimed collection of articles by leading educationalists on the place of talk in the primary curriculum, which now includes a preface from Lyn Dawes. A talking classroom is both a crucial part of every subject area and a subject in its own right. For all primary teachers committed to deepening their understanding of the pivotal role talk plays in learning, this book focuses attention on the importance of fully enabling pupils’ learning potential.

Articles, grouped according to a flexible framework, explore:

  • the importance of talk in learning
  • discursive and interactive classrooms
  • talking and learning in the early years
  • talk across the curriculum
  • the importance of storytelling and drama.

The new introduction reflects on key research developments since the book was first published.

The Articulate Classroom is an engaging introduction to the field which is still very relevant to today’s readers. It will remain an indispensable guide for teachers looking to extend their skills, and a unique chance for education researchers to gain an overview from experts in the field.

Table of Contents

Preface Lyn Dawes

Introduction Prue Goodwin

Part 1 Every voice is valued

1. The articulate playground: Trainee teachers meet pocket monsters Elizabeth Grugeon

2. Having your own voice valued David Skidmore

3. Circle Time Carol Smith

4. Speak for yourself Prue Goodwin

Part 2 Across the whole curriculum

5. Small children talking their way into being readers Judith Graham

6. Talking about reading George Hunt

7. Talking about writing Joy McCormick

8. Sorting out learning through group talk Sue Lyle

9. 'Five little dollies jumping on the bed':– Learning about mathematics through talk Janet Evans

10. IT’s all talk? Frank Monaghan

Part 3 Imagination and creativity

11. Foundations for talk: Speaking and listening in the early years classroom Lesley Clark

12. 'Is that the little pig?': Using toy telephones in the early years classroom Julia Gillen, with Liz Stone and Liz Cosier

13. Choose your words carefully: Drama, speaking and literacy Andy Kempe

14. Crick Crack Chin my Story’s in: Stories and storytelling Teresa Grainger

15. 'Jessica and Jordan meet an alien': Creating a story in a multilingual classroom Jackie Kirk

Part 4 Talking about language

16. Interthinking: The power of productive talk Lyn Dawes

17. Checking on the checker: Using computers to talk about spelling and grammar Michael Lockwood

About the Editor

Prue Goodwin is a lecturer on literacy education and children’s books. Having spent many years working at the University of Reading, she is now freelance as a lecturer to education professionals and a consultant to children’s publishers.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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