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Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works

University of Pittsburgh via Coursera

Overview

Designed for teachers and learners in every setting - in school and out, in formal learning environments or at home - Introduction to Accountable Talk is an introduction to the theory and practice of well-structured talk that builds the mind. You will learn from the growing body of research and from educators who put it into practice, why intentionally structured talk promotes learning and how educators can design talk situations that promote learning. The course includes video examples of children and adults engaging in Accountable Talk in a variety of settings and will enable you to begin to build Accountable Talk in your own learning community. While the Accountable Talk program was originally developed for K-12 classrooms, its structures and practices are readily and productively applicable to any situation in which people get together and talk in order to learn. The course was developed by the School of Education and the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The Institute for Learning was founded by Lauren Resnick, an internationally renowned cognitive psychologist, in 1995. Since then, under Resnick’s leadership, the Institute for Learning has worked to support the improvement of education and achievement of all students in more than 70 school districts in 23 different states.

Syllabus

The course syllabus will be refined as the course is developed. Below is a tentative list, though incomplete, of topics to be covered.

  • What is Intelligence and How Does It Develop?
  • Socializing Intelligence
  • Introduction to Accountable Talk — Research Base
  • Norms for the Accountable Talk Community
  • Tools for Accountable Talk
  • Organizing Groups for Accountable Talk
  • Designing Discussions for Accountable Talk
  • Implementing Accountable Talk

Taught by

Lauren Resnick, Ed.D., and Jennifer Zoltners Sherer, Ph.D.

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