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    Epistemic search sequences in peer interaction in a content-based language classroom

    Jakonen, T. and Morton, Thomas (2015) Epistemic search sequences in peer interaction in a content-based language classroom. Applied Linguistics 36 (1), pp. 73-94. ISSN 0142-6001.

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    Epistemics in interaction refers to how participants display, manage, and orient to their own and others’ states of knowledge. This article applies recent conversation analytical work on epistemics to classrooms where language and content instruction are combined. It focuses on Epistemic Search Sequences (ESSs) through which students in peer interaction collectively resolve emerging knowledge gaps while working on pedagogic tasks. ESSs are initiated when a speaker displays an ‘unknowing’ epistemic stance by making an information request about some aspect of language or the content being worked on. We examine three different types of ESS: those in which a ‘knowing’ response is accepted by the initiator of the sequence; those in which there is an ‘unknowing’ response; and those where ‘knowing’ responses are contested. The findings have implications for understanding peer interaction in content-based classrooms in three areas: the affordances of peer interaction for learning in contrast with teacher-led ‘known-answer’ sequences; how learners manage rights and responsibilities around knowing or not knowing; and how learners discover and work on their own learning objects.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 09:38
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:38


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