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Sociocultural researchers have claimed that students’ learning of science is a discursive process, with scientific concepts and ways of reasoning being learned through engagement in practical enquiry and social interaction as well as individualised activity. It is also often claimed that interacting with partners while carrying out scientific investigations(More)
This paper puts forward a framework for the integration of pedagogy and software design to support educationally valuable discussion within the primary curriculum. In order to illustrate and to evaluate this framework two educational programs were designed to be used in conjunction with a series of lessons to coach the use of 'exploratory talk' in small(More)
The C1 billion government drive to integrate information and communications technology (ICT) into UK schools and colleges has been "rmly focused on the technological transformation of the teaching profession. In particular, the establishment of a National Grid for Learning (NGfL) remains dependent on the successful &selling' of ICT to teachers; many of whom(More)
In this paper, we describe an innovative approach to promoting effective classroom-based groupwork and the development of children’s speaking and listening at key stage 1. This approach, known as Thinking Together, was initially developed for use with key stage 2 children. The work reported here explains how this approach has now been applied to the(More)
The Economic and Social Research Council have funded the Talk, Reasoning and Computers (TRAC) research project for an eighteen month period starting in July 1996. The project will focus on the use of computers as a support for reasoning through talk in the primary classroom. Through this focus it will explore further both the relationship between language(More)
In this paper we describe an innovative approach to promoting effective classroom-based group work and the development of children’s speaking and listening at Key Stage 1. This approach, known as Thinking Together, was initially developed for use with Key Stage 2 children. The work reported here explains how this approach has now been applied to the(More)
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