Lindsay McPherson

Primary Teacher

Calderbridge Primary

  • Assessment For Learning

How Will Increasing Wait Time After Questioning Affect Pupil Responses?

Rationale

Tobin (1987) defines wait time as “the duration of pauses separating utterances during verbal interactions”. Within the classroom setting, the time between the teacher posing a question and a pupil’s response is often referred to as ‘wait time’ (Rowe, 1974; Tobin, 1987), ‘think time’ (Stahl, 1990) or ‘thinking time’ (Alexander, 2004). The purpose of this enquiry is to find out how increasing wait time after questioning affects pupil responses.

This professional enquiry will examine the impact of implementing extended wait time within the class using a variety of data collection methods. The topic for the research was decided due to a shared interest in motivating and engaging learners and encouraging more pupil participation.

Aims

The aim of this enquiry was to consider how increasing wait time after questioning affects pupil responses.

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