Adam Lefstein - interacting with in classroom - popular culture, policy and the promise of dialogue.

Communicative regimes - regular patterns of interaction.

  • content of talk

  • roles - teacher/student

  • sequence - what is said, niceties

  • rules - tone,

  • functions - purpose,

INITIATION RESPONE EVALUATION teacher initiate - closed student response - 1-2words teacher feedback and evaluation

Castells - the Rise of the Network Society regime - the sound bite, conflict/drama, conversationalisation, entertainment,

Urban Classroom Culture and interaction project:


New communicative regime emerging - students will not accept teacher monologic discourse.


  • problem with the idea and definition

  • ignores non-academic aspects of talk - power relations, aesthetics.

  • ignores institutional features of schooling - roles power curriculum

  • based on teacher interrogation - fallacy teacher asks question/students answer

  • emphasis on dialogue as solution

if you want people to express themselves sometimes the worst thing you can do is ask a question

dialogue is often a problem rather than a solution

difficult for teacher

tension between wanting to follow teacher's trajectory and wanting to give kids their own.

tension on whether to rephrase thinking/ideas or not

leading the dialogue and ignoring other pathways

Getting over Socrates:

  • dialogue as a problem not a solution

  • institutional roles

  • curriculum

  • audience

Further questions

  • what do we lose if we give up IRE

    • shoudle we give up on whole class discussion

changed October 5, 2007