Talking Texts: How Speech and Writing Interact in School Learning / Edition 1

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This volume presents oral discourse as central to the creation of knowledge. More specifically, it examines how oral texts can be successfully inter-connected to the written texts that are used on a daily basis in schools. By presenting research that illuminates how oral and written language function in school learning, this book adds a semblance of balance and order to the past century's conflicting theories about this issue. Rather than argue for the prominence of one over the other, the goal is to help the reader gain a rich understanding of how oral discourse and written texts might work together to create a new discourse that ultimately creates new knowledge.

Talking Texts: How Speech and Writing Interact in School Learning: Provides historical background for the study of talk and text, Shows how talk, text, and meaning evolve, moving beyond recitation in the context of school learning, Presents examples of children's and adolescents' natural conversations as analyzed by linguists, Includes exemplars of forms of talk and their evolution inside school contexts, Contributes to research on school discourse by considering communication that is, at the same time, conversational and instructional-a style of talk that has been scientifically shown to draw students into learning, and, Addresses talk as it interfaces with domains of knowledge taught in schools-covering a range of subject areas-to show how talk is related to and may be influenced by the structure, language, and activities of a specific discipline.

Bringing together seminal lines of research to create a cohesive picture of discourse issues germane to classrooms and other learning settings, this volume is an essentialresource for researchers, graduate students, classroom teachers, and curriculum specialists across the fields of discourse studies, literacy and English education, composition studies, language development, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I loved Talking Texts. The book is wonderful. Rosalind Horowitz has put together a great line of authors. They have written about some of the most significant issues in literacy theory and pedagogy. And they present these big ideas in a register that is as engaging as it is authoritative!"—P. David Pearson, Professor, Language and Literacy, Society and Culture, and Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley.

"People in composition badly need to learn what these linguists and cognitive psychologists can tell us about the role of speech in writing."—Peter Elbow, Professor of English, Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"This multi-modal, marks-and-speech-based foundational beginning of a child's mental life provides a solid foundation on which educational theorists and practitioners may depend for generating the educational strategies for talking texts including the coherence (p. 463) and comprehension envisioned by Dr. Rosalind Horowitz."—Teachers College Record, November 2008

"… [This] is an excellent book that, hopefully, will become worn with use as it passes through many hands at every level of academia. Many of the chapters address similar themes and topics, yet their different solutions concerning research projects and studies make the anthology interesting reading even for instructors and scholars already thoroughly familiar with social constructive learning (and teaching) methods."—Education Review, April 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805853056
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiv
Creating Discourse and Mind
Creating Discourse and Mind: How Talk, Text, and Meaning Evolve   Rosalind Horowitz     3
Texts That Talk: The Special and Peculiar Nature of Classroom Discourse and the Crediting of Sources   Rosalind Horowitz   David R. Olson     55
Child, Adolescent, and Family Discourse: Everyday Conversation as Text Outside of Classroom Contexts
Talk as Text: Gender and Children's Conversational Interaction   Amy Sheldon     93
Teenage Talk: A London-Based Chat and Discussion Compared   Anna-Brita Stenstrom     113
Dinner Talk: Gaining Cultural Membership in Modern Literate Societies   Shoshana Blum-Kulka     135
Doing School at Home: Mexican Immigrant Families Interpret Texts and Instructional Agendas   Robert J. Bayley   Sandra R. Schecter     159
Exemplars of Forms of Talk and Their Evolution Inside of School Contexts
Using Literature Discussions to Reason Through Real-Life Dilemmas: A Journey Taken by One Teacher and Her Fourth-Grade Students   Kim T. Nguyen-Jahiel   Richard C. Anderson     187
How Teachers Can Support Productive Classroom Talk: Move the Thinking to the Students   Isabel L. Beck   Margaret G. McKeown     207
The Effects of an Instructional Conversation onEnglish Language Learners' Concepts of Friendship and Story Comprehension   William M. Saunders     221
The Role of Dialogue in Reciprocal Teaching and Naturalistic Tutoring   Douglas J. Hacker   Arthur C. Graesser     253
Conjunction Use in School Children's Oral Language and Reading   Esther Geva     271
Developing Talk that Interacts with Text in Domains of Knowledge
Transformative Communication in Project Science Learning Discourse   Joseph L. Polman   Roy D. Pea     297
Remaking the World Through Talk and Text: What We Should Learn From How Engineers Use Language to Design   Cheryl Geisler   Barbara Lewis     317
The Use of Dialogue in Drama: Reading Dialogue and Observing Performance   Peter van Stapele     335
Poetry Reading and Group Discussion in Elementary School   David Ian Hanauer     363
Reflective Talk From Poetic Text   Philomena Donnelly   Kieran Egan     381
The Talmud Teaches How to Speak about Beliefs and Deeds   Jacob Neusner     397
Children's Collaborative Interpretations of Artworks: The Challenge of Writing Visual Texts Within the Texts of Their Lives   Brent Wilson     421
Changing Musical Perception Through Reflective Conversation   Jeanne Bamberger      439
Postscript: On the Interaction of Speech and Writing in Classroom Discourse   Carl H. Frederiksen     463
Contributors     483
Author Index     487
Subject Index     491
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