Quality Talk is an approach to conducting discussions that promotes students’ high-level comprehension of text, where high-level comprehension refers to critical-reflective thinking and epistemic cognition about and around text. The approach is premised on the belief that talk is a tool for thinking, and that certain kinds of talk can contribute to high-level comprehension.
Quality Talk Language Arts (QTLA) applies the Quality Talk model of discussion to 4th and 5th grade language arts classes. QTLA includes accompanying instructional materials emphasizing critical-analytic thinking and epistemic cognition resulting in students’ increased high-level comprehension of text.
Quality Talk Science (QTs) is an innovative, scalable, teacher-facilitated discourse model that aims to improve teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and foster students’ high-level comprehension and content area learning in high school chemistry and physics in alignment with the 21st century STEM education.