To analyse and categorise an example of classroom talk

Aim

To analyse and categorise an example of classroom talk.

Evidence and reflection

After seeking and gaining permission, record a group discussion and make a transcript. Analyse the transcript, categorising the types of talk using Mercer and Littleton’s three categories: disputational, cumulative and exploratory talk. Reflect on which of the three were most commonly in use. How would you account for this?

Extension

With reference to Mercer and Littleton’s ideas about interthinking, what might be the next steps in developing students’ capacity to think together?