chapter  6
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The practice of TAs

In Chapter 5 we explored what TAs do. In this chapter we take this description further and provide a more fine-grained description of the ‘practice’ of TAs; that is, what TAs say to pupils. We use the generic term ‘practice’ in a pragmatic way to cover the classroom interactions of both TAs and teachers with pupils. We concentrate specifically on verbal interaction and the data in this chapter are drawn from transcripts of adult-to-pupil interactions. The audio recordings of these interactions were a unique component of the DISS study, in that they extend previous research by capturing the details of TA-to-pupil talk and comparing them with teacher-to-pupil talk.