Sharing knowledge with peers: Epistemic displays in collaborative writing of primary school children

Herder, A., Berenst, J., de Glopper, K. & Koole, T., Mar-2020, In : Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 24, 16 p., 100378.

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In focus for this study are epistemic displays in peer talk, throughout collaborative writing events in the context of inquiry learning. Conversational data was obtained from small groups of primary school students (aged 8-12 years). By means of Conversation Analysis, we found that epistemic displays are produced as (i) accounts, (ii) responses to a request for information, (iii) other-corrections, and with reference to the propositional content of a previous epistemic display, as (iv) disagreements, and (v) expansions. The occurrence of epistemic displays is related to specific aspects of the writing activity, concerning contexts that require accounting or evoke expansions, and features of the participation framework. Our research contributes to the understanding of how collaborative writing activities establish contexts for sharing and discussing knowledge in peer talk, and are worth taking into account for educational professionals, when designing collaborative writing activities for that purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100378
Number of pages16
JournalLearning, Culture and Social Interaction
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2020


  • Epistemic displays, Collaborative writing, Peer talk, Inquiry learning, Conversation analysis, COCONSTRUCTION, ORGANIZATION, CREATIVITY, EXPLANATIONS, LANGUAGE, PEDAGOGY, GRAMMAR, LEARN, TALK

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