analysis, social organization, classroom talk

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Recent readings

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Recently I've been trying to get a decent handle on case study. I started with the usual fare: Yin, Stake and Merriam. Yin lead me to Street Corner Society. I simplly loved it, particular the first part on Corner Boys and College Boys, and the appendixes. I'd love to use the latter with post grad research methods students. For example, Whyte writes about how one of his main informants (Doc) turned against him later in life. This was so surprising to me because I thought that the researcher handled Doc's words and actions with such care. I wanted to write to Whyte but a google searchrevealed that he had died a few years ago. What the search also resulted in was a picture of Whyte, and this lead me to believe that he is one of the boys pictured on the front cover during a march on city hall.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

serious conversations

I don't do much teaching of undergrad cohorts any longer. so, much of my teaching consists of conversation with postgrad students about their projects. I think that meetings one-to-one with students are interesting and perhaps misunderstood. Certainly for me, they require the putting out of a lot of ideas and energy, within the constraints of my particular research roles with individuals. I've had three conversations today: talk with jeanne about her fieldwork, talk with Lenore about her masters thesis which I am just looking in on since her principal supervisor is ill, and talk with a recently acquired student who is close to confirmation. head space is the operative term. i talked with people for over five hours! I'm serious about them all, but have varying degrees of involvement with each. exhausting stuff really. I'm very conscious of my supervision role with each individual - how much to say and what might eventuate as a consequence of conversations AND what i should be doing within my particular role as supervisor (and all conversations differ, as a consequence).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

going home


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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lot of bull

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My life has changed substantially in the move to Rockhampton. This bull, which I pass every day on the way to and from work, sums up the physical changes for me.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Articles on transcription

I'm putting together a list of journal articles about transcription that I have found useful. So far the ones I have are:

Ashmore, M & Reed, D. (2000). Innocence and nostalgia in conversation analysis: The dynamic relations of tape and transcript. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1. Downloaded 17 November 2006 from

Baker, C. D. (1997). Transcription and representation in literacy research. In J. Flood, S. B. Heath, & D. Lapp (Eds.). Handbook of research on teaching literacy through the communicative and visual arts (pp. 110-120). London: Prentice Hall International.

Bucholtz, M. (2000). The politics of transcription. Journal of Pragmatics, 32, 1439-1465.

Edwards, J. A. (2001). The transcription of discourse. In D. Schiffrin, D. Tannen and H. E. Hamilton (Eds.),The Handbook of Discourse Analysis (pp. 321-348). malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Green, J., Franquiz, M., & Dixon, C. (1997). The myth of the objective transcript: Transcribing as situated act. TESOL Quarterly, 21, 172-176.

Jefferson, G. (1996). A case of transcriptional stereotyping. Journal of Pragmatics, 26, 159-170.

Lapadat, J. C., & Lindsay, C. (1998). Examining transcription: A theory-laden methodology. Paper presented at AERA, San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998.

Mischler, E. G. (1991). Representing discourse: The rhetoric of transcription. Journal of Narrative and Life History, 1, 255-280.

Ochs, E. (1979). Transcription as theory. In E. Ochs and B. B. Schieffelin (Eds.), Developmental pragmatics (pp. 43-72). New York: Academic Press.

O'Connell, D. C., & Kowal, S. (1994). Some current transcription systems for spoken discourse: A critical analysis. Pragmatics, 4, 81-107.

Oliver, D. G., Serovich, J. M., & Mason, T. L. (n. d.). Constraints and opportunities with interview transcription: Towards reflection in qualitative research. Downloaded 17 November.

Psathas, G. (1995). Conversation analysis: The study of talk-in-interaction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Psathas, G., & Anderson, T. (1990). The 'practices' of transcription in conversation analysis. Semiotica, 78-1/2, 75-99.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

busy life

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I'm having a busy time of it lately. In the pic you can see my avatar encountering a scarey painting as I go about exploring Second Life. Learning to walk and fly did take me a bit of time.

My CQU seed grant application has been successful so next year I will be undertaking my first research post PhD. The title:

At home in cyberspace: the social organisation of young children's acquisition of new literacies during on-line activity.

Other good news... My proposals forAERAwere accepted. Ditto for proposals from Theresa, and Jeanne and Carol from CQU. My friend Robyn,from Ballarat Uni, also had her paper accepted. We went to San Fran together for the conference this year.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


I haven't blogged for a while -something to do with that sock-drawer article which has now taken on a life of its own. pleased to write though that the article is all the better for my attention and may have a chance of getting published.

MEANWHILE -today was the confirmation of candidature for Jeanne, a student I am supervising with Richard smith. great result - jeanne is now a phD student at cqu. this represents a significant shift for her since she began post grad work here within the Ed D program. I am thrilled for Jeanne and am looking looking forward to the months ahead as she goes the "hard yards".