Designed for teachers and learners in every setting - in school and out,
in formal learning environments or at home - Introduction to Accountable Talk is
an introduction to the theory and practice of well-structured talk that
builds the mind. You will learn from the growing body of research and from
educators who put it into practice, why intentionally structured talk promotes
learning and how educators can design talk situations that promote learning.
The course includes video examples of children and adults engaging in Accountable Talk in
a variety of settings and will enable you to begin to build Accountable Talk in
your own learning community. While the Accountable Talk program was
originally developed for K-12 classrooms, its structures and practices
are readily and productively applicable to any situation in which people
get together and talk in order to learn. The course was developed by the
School of Education and the Institute for Learning at the University of
Pittsburgh. The Institute for Learning was founded by Lauren Resnick, an
internationally renowned cognitive psychologist, in 1995. Since then, under
Resnick’s leadership, the Institute for Learning has worked to support the
improvement of education and achievement of all students in more than 70
school districts in 23 different states.
The course syllabus will be refined as the course is developed. Below
is a tentative list, though incomplete, of topics to be covered.
No background is required. Anyone interested in learning the research
and proven techniques about how to build structured conversations to get
smarter or to help others get smarter is welcome.
Recommended readings will be provided as the course is developed.
This class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 8 and 12
minutes in length, as well as video examples of Accountable Talk,
which are between 2-12 minutes in length. Quiz questions will be provided
each week, and there will be standalone homework assignments. There will
be a final project — development of a plan for a productive Accountable Talk conversation.