Is Silence Golden? What Silent Participants Might Be Learning in Discourse-Rich Classrooms

  • Is Silence Golden? What Silent Participants Might Be Learning in Discourse-Rich Classrooms

    Amy Hillen, Margaret Smith
    One concern raised for teachers who are creating discourse-rich learning environments is what students who remain silent during discussions might learn. This article considers this issue by examining the learning of one silent participant—a preservice secondary mathematics teacher. Included are example problems used to generate discussions and sample dialogues between the participants in the course.