Bonny Norton: Researcher identity, narrative inquiry, and language teaching research

Date: 4 May 2012 Time: 1 - 3 pm

Venue: FASS MR1

Special event supported by the Linguistics and English Language Department, Lancaster University:

Bonny Norton, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada; Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College, University of London; and Honorary Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa will be speaking on:

Researcher identity, narrative inquiry, and language teaching research

While there has been much research on language and identity with respect to learners, teachers, and teacher educators, there has been little focus on the identity of the researcher, an important stakeholder in language education. My presentation therefore addresses the following question: To what extent can narrative inquiry illuminate the ways in which researcher identity is negotiated in language teaching research? In the presentation, I draw on a digital literacy study in multilingual Uganda to narrate how my co-researcher and I engaged in our own storytelling, and the process by which we invited teachers to share their experiences of teaching through the medium of English as a Second Language in a poorly resourced rural school. Central themes were our attempts to reduce power differentials between researchers and teachers, and our desire to increase teacher investment in our collaborative research project.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Diane Potts (Linguistics and English Language), Karin Tusting (Linguistics and English Language)

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Digital literacies, Identity, Language teaching research, Narratives