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Talking for reasoning among Mexican primary school children

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Learning and Instruction Volume 13, Number 6 ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


We analysed the development and promotion of ‘exploratory talk’ as a discursive tool to facilitate collective and individual reasoning in Mexican primary school children, following Mercer et al. (Br. Educ. Res. J. 25 (1999) 95) in the UK equivalent experimental and control groups of primary school children were administered a group and an individual problem-solving test before and after training. Teachers of the experimental groups trained their respective students to use competently exploratory talk to make their reasoning visible to others for solving diverse problems. In contrast with control children, experimental ones used significantly more exploratory talk, and this gain was accompanied by a substantial improvement in group and individual problem-solving. Results confirm sociocultural claims that language can function as a powerful tool to facilitate reasoning in social contexts, confirming previous UK findings.


Rojas-Drummod, S., Pérez, V., Vélez, M., Gómez, L. & Mendoza, A. Talking for reasoning among Mexican primary school children. Learning and Instruction, 13(6), 653-670. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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