Gesture, gaze and laughter: Teacher conduct facilitating whole-class discussions among students

Annerose Willemsen, Myrte Gosen, Tom Koole, K. de Glopper

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This article analyses teacher conduct around episodes of subsequent student contributions during whole-class discussions. We scrutinised the teachers’ facilitating role in these episodes by systematically analysing their verbal as well as bodily conduct before, during and after the episodes, unearthing the teacher behaviour leading to and maintaining the discussion and the conduct bringing the discussion to an end. Our analysis reveals a large repertoire of conduct and proves that the teachers, while often refraining from verbal contributions, nonetheless actively foster the discussion by bodily means such as gestures, gaze and even laughter.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality
Issue number2
Early online date2019
Publication statusPublished - 7-Jan-2020

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