4.2.1.1 Floor apportionment

The relative number of words each pupil speaks indicates the extent to which the three girls dominate this discussion, and the relative status of each girl. The table below shows the speaker, the number of words she or he utters during the discussion, what percentage this is of the total number of words uttered in the discussion by all speakers, the number of turns taken by each speaker, what percentage this is of the total number of turns taken by all speakers in the discussion, and the average length of each speaker's turn. At the foot of the table is given the total number of words uttered in the discussion, the total number of turns taken, the average length of turns in the discussion, and the total length of the discussion as it appears on the film. These figures allow the quantity one pupil speaks to be compared with another, and for patterns of floor distribution to be compared across the seven discussions in 4.3.

speaker no.of % age of no. of % age of av. turn

words words spoken turns turns taken length

G1 153 21.6 10 21.25 15.3 words

G2 297 41.9 18 38.3 16.5 words

G3 220 31.0 17 36.2 12.9 words

B1 38 5.3 2 4.25 19 words

B2 0 0 0 0 0

total no. of words: 708

total no. of turns: 47

average length of turn: 15 words

total length of discussion: 5minutes 5seconds

G2 speaks more than any other group member, taking more, and longer, turns. She speaks almost twice as many words as G1, and her turns are longer than G3's. G1 makes fewer contributions than G2 or G3. The boys are far from being verbose members of this group: B2 speaks on two occasions, and B2 does not speak at all


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