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Spring 2020


The purpose of this action research study was to determine the influence of number talks on the use of Accountable Talk by students. The participants included 14 first grade students, who attend Prairie Elementary, a diverse public school in Worthington, Minnesota. Students participated in ten to fifteen-minute daily number talks over a five-month period. The pre- and post-intervention data for this study was collected using a Microsoft Excel observational checklist. The study found that implementing daily number talks gave students additional opportunities to practice speaking and listening skills and in turn had a positive impact on their use of Accountable Talk. The researcher recommends further studies be conducted including increased sample size, length of study, and number of classrooms involved in order to further validate the results of the study.

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