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Pupils Talk in Maths

Sid Bourke

This investigation - in 75 maths classes, for 10-year olds, up to 10 visits in each - came to the puzzling conclusion that no matter how much the pupils were encouraged to contribute, or discouraged from contributing, there was no link between that and their marks. Teach with lots of questioning, probing, listening, and debating, or teach with none: test achievement is not affected by that.

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