Dialogue and the Development of Children's Thinking
A Sociocultural Approach
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Dialogue and the Development of Children's Thinking by Neil Mercer
Book DescriptionThis book draws on extensive research to provide a ground-breaking new account of the relationship between dialogue and children's learning development. It closely relates the research findings to real-life classrooms, so that it is of practical value to teachers and students concerned that their children are offered the best possible learning opportunities. The authors provide a clear, accessible and well-illustrated case for the importance of dialogue in children's intellectual development and support this with a new and more educationally relevant version of socio-cultural theory, which explains the fascinating relationship between dialogues and learning. In educational terms, a sociocultural theory that relates social, cultural and historical processes, interpersonal communication and applied linguistics, is an ideal way of explaining how school experience helps children learn and develop. By using evidence of how the collective construction of knowledge is achieved and how engagement in dialogues shapes children's educational progress and intellectual development, the authors provide a text which is essential for educational researchers, postgraduate students of education and teachers, and is also of interest to many psychologists and applied linguists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415404792
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Dialogue and the Development of Children's Thinking, Hardback (June 2007)» View all books by Neil Mercer
Provides an account of the relationship between dialogue and children's learning development. This book provides a case for the importance of dialogue in children's intellectual development and supports this with socio-cultural theory, which explains the relationship between dialogues and learning.
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Author Biography - Neil Mercer
Neil Mercer is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK. . Karen Littleton is Professor of Psychology in Education at The Open University, UK.
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