Analysing Student-Student Interaction from Cooperative Learning and Systemic Functional Perspectives

  • George M. Jacobs
  • Christopher S. Ward
Keywords: Science, Education,

Abstract

This article uses two sources to derive insights into student-student interaction in science classrooms. From the pedagogic sciences, cooperative learning offers a means of understanding what helps groups of students interact successfully. From the science of language, Systemic Functional linguistics provides a tool for analyzing how people use language to achieve various aims. Cooperative learning and Systemic Functional linguistics are described and then used to analyze a transcript of student-student interaction from an elementary school science classroom. Implications are suggested for improving teaching practice, with particular emphasis on teaching collaborative skills.

Author Biographies

George M. Jacobs
Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Language Centre REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
Christopher S. Ward
Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Language Centre REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
Published
2000-01-01
Section
Articles