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'Learning to cooperate': a study of how primary teachers and children construct classroom cultures

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posted on 2001-07-01, 00:00 authored by Andrea Allard, M Cooper
This paper reports on the findings of a study, the 'Constructing Classroom Cultures' project, funded by a small Australian Research Council grant at the University of Melbourne. Located in three primary school classrooms in Melbourne, Victoria, this study investigated how teachers and grade 3-4 students develop shared values and understandings concerning formal and informal codes of behaviour. Drawing on classroom observations, individual interviews with teachers and focus group interviews with children, this paper discusses the ways that teachers and children together build classroom cultures. Practices that work to produce supportive classroom environments as well as problem areas are identified. Examining classroom cultures at the micro-political level offers scope for considering how power relations can contribute positively to educational processes. Additionally, the ways in which informal interactions between teacher and students and among students call into play collaboration, compliance and resistance are opened up for examination. These case studies aim to contribute to understanding how productive classroom cultures are constructed in day-to-day interactions, a significant area of concern for teachers and teacher education students.

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Journal

Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education

Volume

29

Issue

2

Pagination

153 - 169

Publisher

Carfax

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1359-866X

eISSN

1469-2945

Language

eng

Publication classification

C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

Copyright notice

2001, Australian Teacher Education Association

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