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Using dialogic diaries to explore and develop student understanding. Nicola Walshe Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. What am I trying to find out?. What are students’ understandings of sustainability at the beginning of Year 10?
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Using dialogic diaries to explore and develop student understanding

Nicola Walshe

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Slide 2

What am I trying to find out?

  • What are students’ understandings of sustainability at the beginning of Year 10?

  • How do students’ understandings of sustainability change throughout Year 10 (and onto Year 11)?

  • To what extent can students’ understandings of sustainability be explored (and developed?) through the use of dialogic diaries?

Slide 3

The Students

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Slide 4

The Specification

  • Edexcel B GCSE Specifications: a focus on sustainability

  • Units so far:

    • Dynamic Population

    • Consuming Resources

    • Living Spaces

    • Making a Living

Slide 5

Dialogic diaries: the process

STUDENTS

Responses to student questions (all of them!)

Reflections on learning

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Questions about

learning / reflections

Questions about

learning

Responses to my

comments / questions

Questions about

understanding of

sustainability

Information about

themselves

Questions about

students

Questions about me

ME

Slide 6

Building Relationships

Habit &

Learning

Enthusiasm &

Clarity

  • Motivators:

  • Reference to personal interest (quiz)

  • Reference to my own personal life

  • Discussion of point of diaries

  • Tailoring diary to individual

  • Alternative work!

Uncertainty

QUALITY OF DIARY RESPONSE

Apathy &

Lack of Enthusiasm

TIME

Slide 9

What do you think?

  • Can you see any evidence of ‘learning’ in the extract?

  • How might the diaries be used as a teaching / learning tool (by teachers)

  • How might the diaries be used by us with trainee teachers?

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Jess

Slide 10

What do the students think?

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Jess

Tyler

Chris

Slide 11

What does the teacher think?(1) Learning about sustainability

“The diaries have really helped a lot of the pupils consider the three pillars ... and they have started to use the words ‘environmentally / economically / socially sustainable’ more without me prompting them. They can see it as a theme in all of the lessons and in discussing it more in the diaries, it has made some of them more confident in lessons.”

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What does the teacher think?(2) Learning and reflecting

“Some pupils have struggled with graphs like population pyramids and the DTM. In being able to discuss this and write down their worries, it has helped keep them going ....... It has also shown them that an extra interest is being taken in them, and for some pupils, this has been excellent. James has come round (I think) and people like Faith, Amy and Rebecca have a forum for their thoughts and ideas. I love it!”

Slide 13

Brief Thoughts ....

Researching understanding vs developing understanding

My multiple personalities

Implications for teaching / teacher training?

Looking forward .....

Time scale?

Analysis?

Dialogic Ning?

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Slide 14

MultiplePersonalities!

?

Dr Walshe

Me

The diary persona

The classroom persona


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