Classroom Discourse, Second Editionreviewed by James L. Collins — 2003
This second edition of Classroom Discourse is an
important update of an important book. Cazden has done an excellent
job of bringing her book into the age of sociocultural theories of
schooling and constructivist theories of teaching and learning.
What's more, she has brought her book up to date without mentioning
those theories much at all. By avoiding excessive description of
theory and research, Cazden has improved on a criticism I had of
the original edition, its inaccessibility to practicing teachers.
In Cazden's own words: "This book, even more than the first
edition, is written not just for university researchers and teacher
educators, but for teachers and teacher researchers as well" (p.
For some reason, books on discourse analysis tend to be dense
and difficult. Maybe it's because discourse study had its origin in
linguistics, where everything tends eventually to become dense and
difficult. As I write these words about books on discourse, I'm
thinking of many of my favorites-van Dijk's Discourse as
Structure and Process... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
Classroom Discourse, Second EditionAuthor(s):
Courtney B. CazdenPublisher:
Heinemann, Portsmouth, NHISBN:
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- James Collins
State University of New York at Buffalo
JAMES L. COLLINS is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His professional interests include writing and the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and classroom discourse. He is the author of Strategies for Struggling Writers (Guilford, 1998), and he is currently finishing a book called Literacy and Educational Equity: Reading and Writing for the Standards Movement and Beyond, with Kathleen Collins and Elizabeth Dutro. In another current project he is studying the discourse of discussions in distance-learning classrooms.