A1 Journal article (refereed)
It’s Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It : Investigating the Potential of Prosodic Analysis as a Method to Study Teacher’s Talk (2018)

Hämäläinen, R., De Wever, B., Waaramaa, T., Laukkanen, A.-M., & Lämsä, J. (2018). It’s Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It : Investigating the Potential of Prosodic Analysis as a Method to Study Teacher’s Talk. Frontline Learning Research, 6(3), 204-227. https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v6i3.371

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All authors or editors: Hämäläinen, Raija; De Wever, Bram; Waaramaa, Teija; Laukkanen, Anne-Maria; Lämsä, Joni

Journal or series: Frontline Learning Research

ISSN: 2295-3159

eISSN: 2295-3159

Publication year: 2018

Volume: 6

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 204-227

Publisher: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)

Publication country: Belgium

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v6i3.371

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/60890


In this study, we introduce new insights into prosodic analyses as an emerging method to study what happens in classrooms interactions. We claim that the prosodic aspects (features of speech such as intonation, volume and pace) of talk are important, but under-represented in the learning sciences. These prosodic aspects may be used to complement, intensify or even reverse the linguistic content of speech. Thus far, most research on classrooms has focused on the content (what is said) rather than on understanding the meaning of the prosodic features (how it is said) of talk. In this study, we introduce prosodic analyses as a method to study classroom discussions. Our exploratory experiment focuses on the prosodic perspective of teacher’s talk to shed light on classrooms interactions. We present a case in which we align prosodic features with the content of teacher's talk during a nine-week physics course. This article shows that prosodic analyses may have added value for research on learning and professional development. Namely, we illustrate that acting in an authentic classroom setting might trigger specific prosodic aspects in teacher's talk. We further found indications that the teacher applied different voice prosody regarding certain patterns of classroom talk. For the future, we suggest that a combination of content and prosodic analysis is a promising tool for gaining new insights into classroom interactions.

Keywords: cooperative learning; class discussion (educational methods); dialogicality; teaching situation; interaction; oral communication; prosody

Free keywords: Dialogic Teaching; Cooperative Learning; Classroom Talk

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Reporting Year: 2018

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