LRDG meetings held in 2004
20 January - Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield
Communicative practices in homes, an ethnographic study
This presentation will draw on a three-year ethnographic study of children's
meaning making in the home to argue that by using a social practice model
of literacy, it is possible to explore how the habitus is instantiated
within text-making. Drawing on Barton and Hamilton's concept of 'ruling
passions' and Bourdieu's concept of habitus this presentation will consider
how children's text making is infused with the habitus of the home, and
reflects social practices and family narratives.
27 January - Researchers from the Literacy Research Centre
Learning Inside and Outside of Educational Settings
In several different projects we have realised we face common issues.
In this session researchers on four different projects will discuss how
they conceptualise learning inside and outside of educational settings.
The four projects are Literacies for Learning in Further Education, Literacy
and Health, The Impact of Skills for Life on Learners, and Adult Learners'
3 February - Jenny Horsman - from Canada
"Too Scared to Learn:" Recognizing the impact of violence
It may seem obvious that experiences of violence will affect a person's
attempts to learn in the educational system. However, it doesn't usually
seem so obvious that given the high levels of violence in society the
education system should change to make it easier for people who have experienced
violence to learn and that those of us engaged in education should understand
how violence affects learning and take account of this in our teaching.
In this talk Jenny Horsman will introduce the research she has been engaged
in for the last decade examining the impact of women's and girls' experiences
of violence on their learning and exploring possibilities for creating
supportive learning environments through projects to introduce new practice.
Jenny Horsman is a community-based theorist and educator based in Toronto,
Canada. She has published two books: Something in My Mind Besides the
Everyday: Women and Literacy and Too Scared to Learn: Women, Violence
and Education. Many of her articles are posted at http://www.jennyhorsman.com
10 February - Zoe Davies
Basic skills provision at Lancaster University
The Staff Learning Centre has been created to help staff at the university
to access training and support and is jointly funded by the Union Learning
Fund, Lancashire Colleges Consortium and Lancaster University. Zoe Davies
will talk about the work the Staff Learning Centre is doing to provide
basic skills training at Lancaster University. She will present findings
from a learning needs analysis carried out by the Staff Learning Centre
and discuss some of the difficulties the centre has encountered in breaking
down the barriers to learning.
17 February - Dr Bryan Maddox
School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia
'Goody Revisited: Making Sense of Subaltern Literacy and Numeracy
in Rural Bangladesh'
9 March - Bethia McNeil, National Youth Agency
"Informal basic skills provision for young adults: The Young
Adult Learners' Partnership research"
The purpose of The Young Adult Learners' Partnership (YALP) is to research
and develop effective approaches to learning and personal development
among young adults (16+) on the margins of education, training and employment,
with the purpose of fostering their capability and integration as young
workers, parents and citizens. Bethia McNiel will present YALP's previous
and current work in the area of basic skills provision for young adults
as well as the background and rationale behind the current research. In
addition she will talk about the theoretical problems involved and the
findings to date and their implication for the future.
16 March - Amy Burgess
"Expanding New Literacy Studies: New Perspectives"
A number of recent articles and books have taken a critical look at NLS
and suggested ways in which the field might develop. I will compare the
theoretical perspectives and new insights offered by several writers,
focusing particularly on their conceptualisation of the relationship between
structure and agency. I will illustrate my talk with examples drawn from
my ethnographic research into writing practices in adult literacy education.
* * It would be helpful if colleagues could read the following paper before
I give my talk:
Brandt D and Clinton K (2002) 'Limits of the Local: Expanding perspectives
on literacy as a socail practice' Journal of Literacy Resaerch 34 (3)
337-356 * * Copies of the paper will be available from Robin in Bowland
A63 from Wednesday onwards in the hours 1 - 5.30 p.m.
20 April - Alex Kendall, University of Wolverhampton
27 April - Mary Hamilton, Dept of Educational Research, Lancaster University
DOING PRACTITIONER RESEARCH DIFFERENTLY:
Conversation as a Method of Enquiry and Reporting
This session is based on the book by Marion Dadds and Susan Hart which
offers seven examples of practitioner research that challenge the norms
of academic research and writing. Marion Dadds and Susan Hart write:
"We had both observed that the more mainstream, traditional research
approaches do not always suit the needs and available resources of practitioner
researchers........ indeed, in some cases, formal knowledge of research
methodology could be deskilling rather than enabling...... .When carrying
out their own enquiries, some [practitioners] would set aside their own
sophisticated analytical and interpretive expertise, only to find themselves
less able to think so effectively through the unfamiliar medium of "
research methods> ". (Dadds and Hart, 2001 p. 7)
We will discuss one of the studies reported in the book by Jo Geraci.
This is a study that aims to represent the experience of people with autism
and uses an unconventional dialogic method of writing up the research
Mary Hamilton will introduce the session by summarising the framework
developed in the book for understanding and supporting innovation in practitioner
research. She will pose the question of whether there are alternative
forms of enquiry and reporting that are more appropriate to practitioner-led
projects than the mainstream research methodology found in textbooks.
This page is not a complete record of events held in 2004.