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Scientific Teaching Series: Talk Matters: Investigating the Nature of Non-Content Classroom Language - Instructor Talk - that May Mediate Student Inclusion, Engagement, and Learning

Wednesday, November 18, 11:00am-1:00pm
via Zoom
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Instructors' language creates classroom environments that can impact learning by affecting student motivation, resistance, belonging, and self-efficacy. We systematically investigated instructor language that was not directly related to content ("Instructor Talk") and identified five robust categories of Instructor Talk that can characterize ~90% of non-content language found in courses. The remaining ~10% of instances of Instructor Talk in these settings were categorized as negatively-phrased or potentially discouraging in nature. In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on their past use of Instructor Talk, explore the Instructor Talk framework derived from our research, and identify ways of applying Instructor Talk in their future classes. Attention to Instructor Talk in undergraduate classrooms may be key for instructors to create inclusive learning environments and promote student learning.

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