analysis, social organization, classroom talk

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I've just sent the transcription article off to a journal. It feels good to have finished it, and it feels good to have finished something. I always find Term 1 of the academic year to be the busiest in relation to teaching and preparation. So, finishing that one thing related to research is good. I have numerous other teaching things on the go -marking, preparation of study guides for term 2, and profiles for courses in Term 2, and blackboard materials for those same courses.

I am very grateful for feedback provided by friends about the article. I felt it was a good piece, and having affirmation and useful feedback has helped me to get it finished. Now, for the wait ...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Enchanted city

central park 2
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“We conclude that noting that analysis is a slow process of becoming increasingly aware of features of conduct and practices of action. It can and often does start with listening to your tape and transcribing it. In listening closely enough to transcribe something of what you hear, you will have thoughts about the conduct to explore further. As you continue to listen or watch your tape and makes (sic) notes, your beginning analytic thoughts will gradually take on more shape.” (Pomerantz & Fehr, 1997, p. 87)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

now, where was I up to?

It's now over two weeks since I returned from New York. I keep telling everyone that I have maintained my New York state of mind". I'm pretty well back on track with teaching and have now resumed writing. I ALMOST have a journal article on transcription ready to send off. I think it will be going to the Journal of Early Childhood Research. That will make two articles "out there" for review. I will then start the article I want to write that reviews the literature on transcription. There is, as always, plenty to do.

Here is Powerful pedagogy, the book that my friend Robyn wrote based on her PhD self-study.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Post NY

Originally uploaded by angie cat

As my previous pics have suggested, I loved the parts of the city that i visited/experienced: Statten island ferry, Central PArk, Rockefeller Centre, Bloomingdale's, Soho and Tribeca. I also managed to take in a little more night life than previous conferences. There was a most enjoyable dinner with Robyn Brandenburg and some of her friends from the Self study SIG (little Italian restaurant, affordable wine and great food) and the unforgettable last evening in the lounge bar of the Times Square Marriot (eight floors up with a view out to Times Square, a piano player, and Bo-Beep, a rather interesting guest who managed to draw a lot of interest).

About the conference? I attended some interesting sessions here and there. I enjoyed one provided by the Writing SIG where presenters were authors of a book series. The audience were divided into groups and met with individual authors to discuss the book and its focus (for example, my first session had Melanie Sperling talking about mixed methods research in literacy). At that session, I met Deborah Brandt whose work I had come across when doing my lit review for my PhD. Deborah's paper on ethnomethodology was really useful and a find because few focus on writing research and EM.