Detecting the factors affecting classroom dialogue quality

Chrysi Rapanta, Andrea Miralda-Balda, Mercè Garcia-Milà, Maria Vrikki, Fabrizio Macagno, Maria Evagorou

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Despite the emphasis on dialogue and argumentation in educational settings, still not much is known about how best we can support learners in their interthinking, reasoning, and metadialogic understanding. The goal of this classroom intervention study is to explore the degree of students’ dialogicity and its possible increase during a learning programme implementing dialogic and argument-based teaching goals and principles. In particular, we focus on how students from 5 to 15 years old engage with each other's ideas, and whether/how this engagement is influenced by lesson and classroom setting factors. The participants were 4208 students distributed in preprimary, primary, and secondary classrooms of five countries (UK, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Cyprus). Findings suggest that there is a consistent increase with age for some high-dialogicity moves, and students behave more dialogically in whole-class discussions rather than small-group activities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101223
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalLinguistics and Education
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


  • Argumentation
  • Classroom intervention
  • Dialogicity


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