analysis, social organization, classroom talk

Sunday, September 18, 2005

accessing the blog

I have at last been able to access my blog directly. It took some sleuthing and a download of a newer version of Internet Explorer to be able to do it. I am a bit chuffed at working out the prob. I don't like to think that I am an outsider in all-things technological since I have spent some ten years doing internet stuff.

Friday, September 16, 2005

blogged off

I have been trying to access my blog for two hours. Can't get in and so decided to try going in through the blog of another. this appears to have worked. strange.

While I have access to my blog I will record some doings of the day. I spent most of my office hours accessing work from the website of Dr Mike Forrester. He has established a corpus of work that consists of interactions in the home with his daughter Ella. Fantastic data access. I am going to write to him to ask if this data is available for secondary analysis of data. If so, it would mean that my undergrad students could use Ella's talk for their assignment where they have to analyse talk. Some students express difficulties accessing children's talk so if they could use this data base it would be fantastic.

My second question to Mike will be whether PhD students could access this data. I presume that it would be okay. If so. this would also be a plus. While it is usually the case that PhD students in education collect and analyse data themselves, the corpus is in no way different from accessing historical evidence through the analysis of print texts. Very exciting.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

it shouldn't be this way

Despite good intentions to set goals and be orderly about my career, my lack of blog postings over the past couple of weeks tells the story. yep, work got on top of me. having 'fessed' up to that, in relation to blogging, I can tell of some good things that have happened.

Most importantly, I am very excited about being asked to co-author a chapter in a book with Associate Professor Susan Danby, from QUT. I contacted Susan some weeks ago. Susan and I share in common the experience of having known and been supervised by Carolyn Baker at UQ, and the use of the methodological perspectives of EM/CA.

Susan has been terrific in her responses to me. not only the chapter collaboration but also taking me on board in a symposium proposal for a CA conference in Helsinki next year. I haven't had contact with other CA academics, in part due to the sad and untimely death of Carolyn Baker midway through her supervision of my PhD thesis. So, the contact with Susan has been very important. Thanks to her.