Towards Dialogic Talk

Research Findings from 500 Classes in 5 Countries including USA, England, France, India and Russia:

  • Open questions made up 10% of the questioning exchanges
  • 15% of the sample did not ask any open questions
  • Probing by the teacher to encourage sustained and extended dialogue occurred in 11% of classes
  • Uptake questions occurred in only 4%
  • 43% of teachers did not use any such moves
  • Pupils' exchanges were very short-5 seconds on average
  • Pupil answers were limited to 3 words or less 70% of time