A Talk by Professor Kenneth Tobin "Learning to Teach Through Coteaching and Cogenerative Dialogue"

A Talk by Professor Kenneth Tobin "Learning to Teach Through Coteaching and Cogenerative Dialogue"

Date & Time

06 January 2011, 00:00




Learning Sciences Lab (LSL)
Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Professor Kenneth Tobin will present theory and research associated with learning to teach science in inner city high schools on the east coast of the United States. He uses theories from cultural sociology as a framework to explore how coteaching is enacted in a science teacher education program in which coteachers collaborate with high school students in cogenerative dialogues, to study learning and teaching in their own classrooms. 

Cogenerative dialogues are activities in which a small number of students and the coteachers review evidence from a recent class and “cogenerate” collective resolutions regarding new rules for the class, changes in teacher and student roles, and responsibility for accomplishing changes. An ethnographic case study will be presented, showcasing what is learned from coteaching and cogenerative dialogue in a setting in which coteaching involves a prospective teacher and a recently certified biology teacher in a lesson on protein synthesis. 

Coteaching creates an expanded array of practices that afford the learning of students and for the coteachers to learn from one another. Cogenerative dialogues identify and resolve contradictions, creating a consensus among the coteachers and the participating students on how learning environments can be improved.

Biography: Professor Kenneth Tobin

Professor Kenneth Tobin is the Presidential Professor at the University of New York. He enjoys a very high reputation in Teacher Education and has received numerous awards, such as, the Distinguished Teaching Scholar from the National Science Foundation, the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year in 2004, the Outstanding Mentor Award, and the NARST Distinguished Contribution to Research Award, to name a few. 

Professor Tobin’s research focuses on the teaching and learning of science in urban high schools and is set in the Bronx of New York City. The foci of his current research is on the ways in which science achievement and its fluent uses in social life are mediated by factors such as immigration, ethnicity, race, native language, gender, and social class. Professor Tobin is interested in the ways in which culture is produced, reproduced, transformed and hybridized to form creolized and canonical forms of science. Central to his project is the role of emotions and ways in which cogenerative dialogues can be used as fields of production that allow for improved science curricula and expand the range of outcomes and their applicability to the students’ life worlds.


06 January 2011, 

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Venue: NIE, Lecture Theatre 6 @ Blk 2 Level 1  (NIE2-01-LT6)