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School knowledge in talk and writing: Taking 'when learners know' seriously

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper expands on the view that the documentation of the ways in which teachers and students produce definitions of such operational matters as 'reading', 'writing', 'learning' and 'knowledge' in classrooms is discoverable in the details of the speech exchange systems in those sites. The paper provides a brief introduction to applied ethnomethodological inquiry, especially as it has focused on classrooms, and applies it to transcripts of extracts from lessons. One conclusion concerns the fine coordination of interaction that classrooms display. A second conclusion concerns procedural definitions of the connection between literacy and knowledge that serve the purposes of initiating and maintaining lessons, compared to definitions that are operable in the production and assessment of students' learning through their written assignments. The suggestion is that constructs such as 'knowledge' are occasioned, purpose built-through on site through conventionalized systems of exchange that, reflexively, function to bring off the events that constitute the workings of such sites. The challenge for students in many classrooms seems to be to provide the 'missing what' that connects the daily heavy duties of classroom talk, which determines their success as classroom participants, to the occasional high-stakes writing performances that will come to characterize their success as learners. �� 2012.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Freebody, P. (2013). School knowledge in talk and writing: Taking 'when learners know' seriously. Linguistics and Education, 24(1), 64-74. doi:10.1016/j.linged.2012.11.009

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873570294

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 64

End Page


  • 74

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • This paper expands on the view that the documentation of the ways in which teachers and students produce definitions of such operational matters as 'reading', 'writing', 'learning' and 'knowledge' in classrooms is discoverable in the details of the speech exchange systems in those sites. The paper provides a brief introduction to applied ethnomethodological inquiry, especially as it has focused on classrooms, and applies it to transcripts of extracts from lessons. One conclusion concerns the fine coordination of interaction that classrooms display. A second conclusion concerns procedural definitions of the connection between literacy and knowledge that serve the purposes of initiating and maintaining lessons, compared to definitions that are operable in the production and assessment of students' learning through their written assignments. The suggestion is that constructs such as 'knowledge' are occasioned, purpose built-through on site through conventionalized systems of exchange that, reflexively, function to bring off the events that constitute the workings of such sites. The challenge for students in many classrooms seems to be to provide the 'missing what' that connects the daily heavy duties of classroom talk, which determines their success as classroom participants, to the occasional high-stakes writing performances that will come to characterize their success as learners. �� 2012.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Freebody, P. (2013). School knowledge in talk and writing: Taking 'when learners know' seriously. Linguistics and Education, 24(1), 64-74. doi:10.1016/j.linged.2012.11.009

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873570294

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 64

End Page


  • 74

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication