2nd Edition

The Articulate Classroom Talking and Learning in the Primary School

Edited By Prue Goodwin Copyright 2017
    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.