Young learners : teachers' questions and prompts as opportunities for children's language development

Scull, Janet, Paatsch, Louise and Raban, Bridie 2013, Young learners : teachers' questions and prompts as opportunities for children's language development, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 69-91.

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Title Young learners : teachers' questions and prompts as opportunities for children's language development
Author(s) Scull, Janet
Paatsch, Louise
Raban, Bridie
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 69
End page 91
Total pages 23
Publisher Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 1976-1961
Keyword(s) oral language
book reading
early childhood
teaching questions
Summary One highly regarded context for language learning is book reading, as teachers engage children in discussions around texts read. However, there is considerable variation in teachers’ patterns of talk that mediate this learning with preschool children’s oral language development dependent on the opportunities for engagement in language use provided by teachers. To explore the affordances of talk interactions within book reading a systematic analysis of teachers’ questions and children’s responses was undertaken. Results of this analysis show that the highest proportion of questions asked by this group of 18 preschool teachers were closed questions with a small proportion of open teaching questions asked. However, while open questions provided the most substantial opportunities for children’s extended talk, the range of questions asked provided opportunities for preschool teachers to extend children’s responses, support children’s understanding of the text, develop vocabulary and world knowledge, and to model more complex language structures.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052540

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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