Date: 8 April 2013
Presenters: Steve Walsh (Newcastle University) and Steve Mann (Warwick University)
Location: Liverpool, UK
This workshop will examine a range of approaches to collecting and using spoken data as a means of improving professional practice. The focus will be on helping participants to become active reflective practitioners and researchers of their own contexts. There will be an emphasis on data-led approaches which highlight the importance of dialogue and collaboration, our main argument being that most professional activities (including teaching and teacher education) are accomplished through talk. By studying the ways in which we interact, we can gain closer insights into professional practices and professional development.
In the session, we’ll be demonstrating how, by using appropriate tools, classroom data, introspection and some kind of dialogue, practitioners can both improve their practices and make their teaching more enjoyable. By using actual data as empirical evidence and by focusing on the interactions which take place in any professional setting, we suggest how we might create active, engaged learning environments. We will cover a variety of contexts, including both language teaching and teacher-training perspectives.
The session will cover:
- Classroom observation
- Stimulated recall
- Using specialist frameworks
- Analysing classroom data
- Professional dialogue
- Promoting reflection
The approach will be very ‘hands-on’ and we’ll be making extensive use of audio and videotaped materials in addition to a range of ‘tools’ specifically designed for class-based research.
Steve Walsh is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University, and is author of Exploring Classroom Discourse: Language in Action (Routledge, 2011). His book Teacher Development and Classroom Interaction is due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.
Steve Mann is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and is author of Teacher Development: A Discourse for Individual and Group Development (VDM Verlag, 2011). He has previously taught at both Aston University and the University of Birmingham, as well as in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe.