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Title: Teacher only calls her pets’: teacher's selective attention and the invisible life of a diverse classroom in Ghana
Authors: Opoku-Amankwa, Kwasi
Keywords: Classroom interaction
Learning materials
Medium of Instruction
Foreign language pedagogy
Corporal punishment
Selective attention
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Language and Education
Citation: Language and Education Vol.23,No.3,May 2009,249–262
Abstract: Studies on classroom practices in Africa and the developing world tend to report on the visible general features, i.e. code switching, rote learning, memorisation and safe talk,withverylittleonthemicro,invisible,classroomlife.Thisarticle,basedonthe findingsofastudyinvolvingclassroomobservationsofteachersandpupils’interactions aroundtexts,interviewsandfocus-groupdiscussionswithteachersandpupils,considers waysinwhichcertainclassroompractices,suchasteacher’sselectiveattentiontopupils, teacherremarksandcomments,corporalpunishment,powerplayamongpupilsandother classroomnorms,helpcreateinequalityandcumulativelycontributetocommunication failure and underachievement in a diverse urban primary classroom in Ghana. The article discusses the wider implications of the findings from a socio-critical language and-literacy-learning perspective and make suggestions for improving teacher quality and effective use of textbooks and other resources
Description: An article published by Language and Education , Vol.23,No.3,May 2009,249–262, also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500780802582539
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/8312
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