The use of semantic scripts in analysing student teacher and associate teacher interactions

Year: 1994

Author: Mitchell, Jane

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper explores the use of semantic scripts to interpret evaluations between associate teachers and student teachers during the practicum. Semantic scripts are an attempt to draw out the invariant meaning of speech acts or genres. In this research the concept of semantic script is applied to a particular context, that of the post- lesson conference, to interpret and understand the interaction. Two semantic scripts will be presented that highlight particular aspects of the relationship between the participants and the nature and purpose of the evaluative activities. These two scripts represent quite different ways of evaluating.

While the development and substance of the semantic scripts presented in this paper are drawn from evaluating in practice teaching situations, the methodology is applicable in analysing ways of communicating in other learning and social settings.