Informal learning spaces, such as summer reading programs, have the potential to both motivate children and provide opportunities for preservice teachers to try out new practices. However, there is little research on the talk that occurs in these informal learning spaces, particularly those intended to function as third spaces. Audio recordings of meetings between preservice teachers and high school students talking together about young adult literature in a space intended to function as a third space were analyzed to explore how discourse choices shaped the participants' practices. We found that the participants both resisted and reproduced the traditional classroom in their talk, suggesting that the successful design of third spaces is a complex endeavor.
Discourse Analysis, Classroom Talk, Informal Learning, Reading Groups
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Lester, J. N., Scherff, L., & Paulus, T. M. (2015). The Ideological Dilemmas Inherent in Informal Learning Spaces: A Discourse Analysis of Preservice Teacher Talk. The Qualitative Report, 20(6), 830-846. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss6/10