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De l'usage de parole en classe: une comparaison internationale

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Translated title of the contributionOn classroom talk and its uses
Translated subtitle of the contributionan international comparison

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JournalRevue Internationale d'Éducation
DatePublished - 2009
Pages (from-to)35-47
Original languageFrench


This article reassesses the role of classroom talk in children’s learning beyond being a simple teaching tool. It underlines how classroom talk is shaped and constrained by the pedagogic and cultural environment in which it is situated. A comparative study of primary education in five countries delineates versions of human relations and of teaching values which underpin pedagogic practice, student-teacher relations, attitudes to knowledge and the nature of classroom talk. Classroom talk varies according to its tone, meaning and where it leads. The informal, conversational type of exchanges observed in the United-States contrast with the more structured and cognitively demanding exchanges in Russia, which amount to more genuine dialogue

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