Navigating between disorder and control: Challenges and choices when teaching reading strategies in the L1 classroom
2016 (English)In: L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, ISSN 1567-6617, E-ISSN 1573-1731, Vol. 16, no Open Issue, 1-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Conversations about texts are often presented in research as particularly beneficial to students’ reading development, based on the argument that the opportunity to confront, discuss and negotiate different readings in the classroom enhances students’ skills in engaging with texts. In this article, we examine in detail the interplay between a teacher and her students when they talk about argumentative texts in a Swedish ninth grade classroom setting. In the analysis we combine a Conversation Analysis ap-proach with reading theories that emphasize the dialogical encounter between reader and text. Our result indicates the dual nature of the teaching perspective which sometimes involves conflicting aims. The teacher has to choose between intervening in response to student reactions that reflect emotional and stereotypical attitudes that may hinder a critical reading, or intervening to make use of and stimu-late reactions that may lead to more critical readings. Thus, our study emphasizes that it is crucial that teachers are able to both manage the leadership in the complex classroom interaction, and to apply knowledge about reading processes and strategies that students get involved in when they discuss en-gaging texts in school.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 16, no Open Issue, 1-23 p.
classroom interaction, conversation analysis, dialogue, reading instruction, teaching
Research subject Educational Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47523DOI: DOI: 10.17239/L1ESLL-2016.16.01.09OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47523DiVA: diva2:1058459