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

Allard, Andrea and Cooper, Maxine 2001, 'Learning to cooperate': a study of how primary teachers and children construct classroom cultures, Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 153-169, doi: 10.1080/13598660120061336.

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Title 'Learning to cooperate': a study of how primary teachers and children construct classroom cultures
Author(s) Allard, Andrea
Cooper, Maxine
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 153
End page 169
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 1359-866X
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13598660120061336
Field of Research 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Australian Teacher Education Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30012489

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