NAFOL profile: Tone Holten Kvistad

Tone Kvistad. PhotoFacilitating and exploring productive group conversations

After finishing my master thesis in Norwegian language and literature didactics in 2011, I was a teacher in primary school in Trondheim for a couple of years. I started to work at the Section for Norwegian language and literature, Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2014.

From my experience both as a teacher and teacher educator, I saw the need for more research on how teachers can support the development of young students’ oral skills. In 2018 I started my PhD-project, which focuses on exploratory group conversations. I conducted a 10-week educational design study in a 7th grade classroom. The aim was to support the development of productive group conversation skills through explicit teaching, ground rules for conversation, and meta-conversation. I am now working on analysis of transcriptions from this intervention. In my project, I discuss how explicitly teaching  conversation skills can help students develop an increased understanding of their own and others’ role in group conversations. At the same time, the methodology of the design study is also critically discussed.