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Explaining By Prof. E. C. Wragg


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Aims to show what explanation is and what it strives to do. The text explores various strategies open to teachers, with the purpose of helping them to build up a repertoire of classroom techniques and to establish methods of self-evaluation.

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Explaining by Prof. E. C. Wragg

"Explaining" aims to show what explanation is and what it strives to do. It explores the various strategies open to teachers and, by a combination of activities and discussion points, works towards helping them build up a repertoire of techniques suitable for various situations, and evaluate the effectiveness of their explanations in the classroom. It covers such issues as the use of an appropriate language register, the place of analogies, building on children's questions, and coping strategies for effective explanation when the teacher is unfamiliar with the subject matter.

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Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction: Aims and Content, Unit 1: What is Explaining? - Practical Activity (1), Main Features - Discussion Activity (2), The Pupil's Perspective summary - Practical Activity (3), Unit 2: Strategies of Explanation - Written Activity (4), Different Approaches - The Broad Strategies - Written Activity followed by Discussion (5)- Practical Activity (6), Unit 3: Analysing Explanations - Quantitative analysis - Qualitative analysis - Practical Activity (7) - Levels of thought - Pupils explaining - Practical Activity followed by Discussion (8) - Using Schedules - Practical Activity followed by Discussion (9), Unit 4: Knowing the Subject Matter - Different kinds of subject matter? Written Activity followed by Practical Activity (10) - Explaining concepts - Written Explanations - Written Activity followed by Practical Activity (12) - Coping Strategies - Written Activity (13), Unit 5: Effective Explaining - Main features of effective explaining - Pupils' perspective - Discover, or be told? Practical Activity followed by Written Activity (14) - Effective creativity? - Practical Activity (15), Unit 6: Feedback - Evaluating explanations - Answers to oral questions - Written tests of knowledge and understanding - Children's responses to practical task - Practical Activity (16) - aAnalysing your own or other people's explanations - General Feedback - research findings, expert views, pupil views - Practical Activity (17), References.

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Explaining by Prof. E. C. Wragg
Prof. E. C. Wragg
Classroom Skills S.
Used - Very Good
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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