Journal article

Student talk in large-size mathematics classrooms: a case study of a sequence of ten consecutive lessons in China

L Dong, Wee Seah, Y Cao, D Clarke

Asia Pacific Education Review | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study aims to reveal features of student talk over a sequence of consecutive mathematics lessons in a large-size class in mainland China. By examining the time allocation for student talk and the number of Chinese characters spoken by the students, this study finds that, in some of the lessons observed, student talk added up to a longer duration and included a larger number of Chinese characters than teacher talk. But individual students were observed to have unequal opportunities to participate in public talk and there is a large gap regarding the number of Chinese characters that an individual student could speak in public. Each individual student’s accountability to talk was recorded..

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