analysis, social organization, classroom talk

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by angie cat.
The pic was taken in Rockhampton's botanical gardens - good place for a weekend walk.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

hip hip

I've just had an email confirming that a journal article of mine will be published in Language and Education. I am absolutely thrilled.

running the risk of blathering on about transcripts

Today I worked on my draft journal article again. I've cut massive sections out of the talk that i am using in the draft in order to bring it back to the word limit of 6,000 words. That's a cut of 2,500 words. I knew it had to be done but it requires ignoring so much of what i learnt about children's talk when examining independent writing during my doctural research. I worked so hard in my thesis to capture the multiple conversations that happened; the ways that individuals attended to the talk of others and how individual actions were relevant to the actions of others as evidenced in the transcript. The result was a complex transcript that others find difficult to read and journal editors find hard to publish without extensive editing that cuts out "extraneous talk"(weep). When i read my transcript I can clearly "see" the interaction that it captures -not linear at all- and just as I have come to understand talk that occurs when students are left to their own devices in the classroom.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

at last I write

This week I am working on getting a journal publication from my AERA paper "Withholding information during help in independent writing. Thanks to the AERA requirements for proposals a lot of the paper is written. I have worked on the analysis slightly because of previous feedback on other papers about the complexity of transcripts. I have been able to take out some of the talk that is not pertinent to the main talk i have analysed. This took a lot of time to do since all lines of the transcript are numbered for reference - taking out 70 lines meant a lot of small changes.

The other matter involved deciding whether to write for a literacy/education journal or for a sociology journal. I've gone with the former. I've spent a couple of days thinking about where to "place" withholding information in the literature without the paper blowing out and requiring a lot of extra work. I've already spend a lot of time on it thanks to needing to get up the proposal this time last year and then drafting a fuller paper for AERA itself in April.

I've set friday as the deadline and will just send it off, probably to Pedagogies.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

a fitzroy shot

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

the best view

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

another from my office


Just thought my freezing friends down south might like to see this one. It's all here: sunshine and palm trees  Posted by Picasa

view from my office

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

A new view

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This is a pic taken from the decking of my new rented home in Rockhampton.