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Patterns of dialogic teaching in kindergarten classrooms of Finland and the United Arab Emirates (2020)

Muhonen, H., Pakarinen, E., Lerkkanen, M.-K., Barza, L., & von Suchodoletz, A. (2020). Patterns of dialogic teaching in kindergarten classrooms of Finland and the United Arab Emirates. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 25, Article 100264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2018.11.011

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All authors or editors: Muhonen, Heli; Pakarinen, Eija; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Barza, Lydia; von Suchodoletz, Antje

Journal or series: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

ISSN: 2210-6561

eISSN: 2210-657X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 25

Issue number: 0

Article number: 100264

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2018.11.011

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The present study explored patterns of dialogic teaching in kindergarten classrooms across two countries with different educational systems and cultural backgrounds: Finland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In each country, transcripts of thirteen learning sessions were analyzed by identifying episodes of educational dialogue and categorizing them with regard to previously identified patterns of dialogic teaching. Results showed that teachers, rather than students, initiated dialogue. Further, teacher-initiated teaching dialogue of high quality was the dominant dialogue pattern. Comparisons across countries revealed less educational dialogue and more teacher-initiated questions in classrooms in the UAE, while more open space for sharing thoughts was found in kindergarten classrooms in Finland. The findings suggest variations in the structure of educational dialogue and instructional practices in kindergarten classrooms across contexts.

Keywords: day care centres; early childhood education and care; educational methods; teaching situation; teacher-pupil relationship; interaction; dialogicality

Free keywords: educational dialogue; patterns of dialogic teaching; cross-country; kindergarten

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Reporting Year: 2020

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