Does Silence have a place in Higher Education? Exploring the effectiveness of positive silence as an instrument of pedagogy.

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Tsagas, M. 2024. Does Silence have a place in Higher Education? Exploring the effectiveness of positive silence as an instrument of pedagogy. Research in Teacher Education. In Press.
AuthorsTsagas, M.
Abstract

Conceptually, silence has been widely accepted as an inherently useful tool. In instances of public speaking, it can be used to build anticipation, emphasise a particular point and even to enhance the atmosphere of delivery. Yet, in education there is a long history of its utilisation carrying negative connotations. This action research project challenges this long-standing adversarial predisposition and, in line with recent literature, evidences its strength as a pedagogical technique for enhancing student cognition, prompting active learning, and facilitating deeper engagement.

KeywordsPedagogy; Positive Silence; Oppressive Silence; Multiple Intelligence Theory; Active and Deep Learning
JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2024
PublisherThe School of Education and Communities, University of East London
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Web address (URL)https://uel.ac.uk/our-research/research-school-education-communities/research-teacher-education-rite
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OnlineMay 2024
Publication process dates
Accepted19 Dec 2023
Deposited14 Feb 2024
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