Questions: Help or Hindrance? Teachers' use of questions with Indigenous children with conductive hearing loss
Edith Cowan University
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
The development of oral language skills is an important foundation for written literacy for all children. However, where children have conductive hearing loss and consequent language impairment, the development of good oral language skills, especially those that underlie written literacy, becomes even more important. This paper discusses the use of questions during literacy focus lessons by three teachers of Indigenous students, and the way in which their use of questions serves to support or inhibit children’s opportunities to participate in classroom interaction. The paper concludes with a brief consideration of the implications of the findings for teacher education.