Favoring argumentative disciplinary discussions in the classroom. A study of teacher's questions at undergraduate and graduate levels

Antonio Bova

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Abstract

This study sets out to examine the teacher's questions to their students during argumentative disciplinary discussions in the classroom, i.e., task-related argumentative discussions concerning the discipline taught in the course, with the aim to compare the types of questions used at undergraduate and graduate levels. The data corpus is constituted by 16 video-recorded lessons (about 24 h of video) of two courses - one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level - in Developmental Psychology. The two courses were selected according to the following criteria: i) similar number of students, ii) similar disciplinary domain, and iii) both courses are taught by the same teacher in English language. The findings of this study show that at the undergraduate level, the teacher asks broad questions to her students with the aim to favor a large discussion with and among students around general topics relating to Developmental Psychology. At the graduate level the teacher asks specific questions that refer to scientific theories or to certain aspects of a theory in the field of Developmental Psychology. Moreover, at the graduate level both types of teacher's questions are often followed by a further why-questions asked to the students.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)97-108
Numero di pagine12
RivistaLearning, Culture and Social Interaction
Volume7
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • 3304
  • Argumentation
  • Higher education
  • Qualitative research
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Teaching strategies

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