Dr Karin TustingSenior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
I convene and teach on Ling307 (Language and Identities) Ling301 (dissertation support module) and Ling402 (Postgraduate Academic Study Skills).
I am interested in how contemporary social practices are almost always mediated in some way through interaction with written texts of many kinds, including electronic texts. My work studies various aspects of this textual mediation process, drawing on linguistic ethnographic methodologies to study literacy practices.
At the moment I have a particular interest in workplace practices, paperwork demands, and the impact of these on people's lives and identities. I was Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded research project "The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation: Academics' Writing Practices in the Contemporary University Workplace". My previous ESRC-funded research explored the impact of centralised paperwork demands in two educational workplaces: an adult education college and a nursery.
Previously, I was a member of research teams working on the Adult Learners' Lives project, an ethnographic study of the relationship between learning and other aspects of people's lives; the Kendal project, a study using multiple qualitative methods to explore trends and shifts in religious and spiritual belief and practice in the town of Kendal in the Lake District; and the Interculture Project, a study of undergraduates' intercultural experiences during their period of residence abroad. My doctoral research examined the role of written text in constructing and maintaining community identity in a Catholic parish.
I have published on accountability paperwork, extending the concept of communities of practice, models of adult learning, creativity in everyday literacy practices, community-based local literacies research, time and the new literacy studies, the legitimation of cultural generalisations through appeal to personal experience, and French text analysis. I am currently convenor of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum.
Engagement with material texts, including digital texts, is one of the central ways in which the social world is co-ordinated, shaping people's identities and experiences as well as the social relations within which they are situated. I am interested in developing better understandings of these processes through detailed local studies of people's engagements with texts in specific settings, situating myself within literacy studies and linguistic ethnography. Most recently, these interests have led me to study workplace paperwork and vernacular learning online. Previously I have analysed the role of literacy practices in identity construction in a parish community, and worked in adult literacy research as part of a team exploring relationships between lives and learning.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising doctoral students working in literacy studies, including workplace literacies, academic literacies, audit cultures and accountability, digital literacy practices, literacy practices in religious communities, and adult literacy; linguistic ethnography; communities of practice and situated learning; institutional ethnography; and discourse analysis.
The Role of Networked Learning in Academics' Writing Practices
McCulloch, S.A., Tusting, K.P., Hamilton, M.E. 14/11/2017 In: Research in Learning Technology. 25, 13 p.
Policy Report on “Peer to Peer Deaf Literacy” (P2PDL)
Bhattacharya, T., Fan, H.R., Gillen, J., Mathew, S., Panda, S., Papen, U., Randhawa, S., Tusting, K., Waller, D., Webster, J., Zeshan, U. 8/11/2017
Ecologies of digital literacies: implications for education
Tusting, K.P. 31/08/2017 In: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer 13 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Analyzing textual trajectories: tensions in purpose and power relations
Tusting, K.P. 26/07/2017 In: Text and Talk. 37, 4, p. 553-560. 8 p.
Writing disciplines: producing disciplinary knowledge in the context of contemporary higher education
Tusting, K.P., Barton, D.P. 16/11/2016 In: Ibérica: Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes. 32, Fall 2016, p. 15-34. 20 p.
Summary Report on "Literacy development with deaf communities using sign language, peer tuition, and learner-generated online content: sustainable educational innovation”
Zeshan, U., Huhua Fan, R., Gillen, J., Panda, S., Papen, U., Tusting, K.P., Waller, D., Webster, J. 24/10/2016 Preston : University of Central Lancashire.
'Historians don’t set out to change people’s lives’: to what extent are notions of social justice shared across the academy
McCulloch, S.A., Tusting, K.P., Bhatt, I.U. 18/07/2016
The role of relationships in academic writing and identity
McCulloch, S.A., Tusting, K.P., Barton, D.P. 2/07/2016
Academics' experiences of networked professional learning
Tusting, K.P., McCulloch, S.A., Hamilton, M.E. 10/05/2016 In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning 2016. Lancaster : Lancaster University p. 422-431. 10 p. ISBN: 9781862203242.
Who has the power to act in the world?: social responsibility, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper
Tusting, K. 21/04/2016 In: Discourse and responsibility in professional settings. London : Equinox ISBN: 9781845539146.
Workplace literacies and audit society
Tusting, K. 08/2015 In: Linguistic ethnography. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137035028.
I am a peacemaker: writing as a space for recontextualising children's identity in a Catholic First Communion preparation course
Tusting, K. 07/2015 In: Written Communication. 32, 3, p. 227-253. 27 p.
Who has the power to act in the world?: social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper
Tusting, K. 6/10/2014 In: Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 9, 3, p. 425-450. 26 p.
Literacy studies as linguistic ethnography
Tusting, K. 2013 , 15 p.
Form-filling, power and the ILP: tensions and tutor strategies in one adult literacy classroom
Varey, S., Tusting, K. 09/2012 In: More powerful literacies. Leicester : NIACE p. 105-116. 12 p. ISBN: 9781862015845.
Literacy studies: Ethnographie de l'écrit
Tusting, K. 09/2012 In: L'alimentation sous contrôle. Dijon : Editions Educagri p. 28-41. 14 p. ISBN: 17682274.
Literacies and sites of learning
Tusting, K. 03/2012 In: Language and Education. 26, 2, 6 p.
Learning accountability literacies in educational workplaces: situated learning and processes of commodification
Tusting, K. 6/02/2012 In: Language and Education. 26, 2, p. 121-138. 18 p.
Maybin, J., Tusting, K. 15/03/2011 In: The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. London : Routledge 752 p. ISBN: 978-0415490672.
Changing lifeworlds, changing writing: how adults take on new writing practices at times of change
Burgess, A., Tusting, K. 2011 In: RaPAL Journal.
Eruptions of interruptions: managing tensions between writing and other tasks in a textualised childcare workplace
Tusting, K. 05/2010 In: The anthropology of writing. London : Continuum p. 67-89. 23 p. ISBN: 9781441108852.
'I am not a "good" teacher, I don't do all their paperwork' : teacher resistance to accountability demands in the English Skills for Life strategy.
Tusting, K. 2009 In: Literacy and Numeracy Studies. 17, 3, p. 6-26. 21 p.
Creativity in everyday literacy practices : the contribution of an ethnographic approach.
Papen, U., Tusting, K. 2008 In: Literacy and Numeracy Studies. 16, 1, p. 5-25. 21 p.
Ecologies of New Literacies: implications for education
Tusting, K. 2008 In: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Dordrecht : Springer p. 3194-3206. 13 p. ISBN: 9780387304243.
Learners’ experience of work.
Barton, D., Tusting, K., Hodge, R., Appleby, Y. 2008 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Linguistic Ethnography: Links, Problems and Possibilities.
Rampton, B., Maybin, J., Tusting, K. 11/2007 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 11, 5
Linguistic ethnography and interdisciplinarity: opening the discussion.
Tusting, K., Maybin, J. 11/2007 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 11, 5, p. 575-583. 9 p.
Literacy, Lives and Learning.
Barton, D., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Ivanic, R., Tusting, K. 2007 Routledge. 192 p. ISBN: 9780415424851.
Programmes for unemployed people since the 1970s: the changing place of language, literacy and numeracy.
Tusting, K., Barton, D.P. 2007 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Models of adult learning : a literature review.
Tusting, K., Barton, D. 07/2006 Leicester : NIACE. ISBN: 978 1 86201 280 6.
Linking learning and everyday life: a social perspective on adult language, literacy and numeracy classes.
Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K., Barton, D.P. 2006 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.
Literacies, collaboration and context
Papen, U., Tusting, K. 2006 In: The Art of English. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781403985590.
Relating adults' lives and learning: participation and engagement in different settings.
Barton, D.P., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K., Ivanic, R. 2006 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Relating language, literacy and numeracy teaching to adult learners' lives : a social perspective.
Barton, D.P., Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K. 2006 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Beyond communities of practice: language, power and social context.
Barton, D.P., Tusting, K. 2005 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 243 p. ISBN: 0521836433 (hbk.).
Community-based local literacies research
Tusting, K., Barton, D.P. 2005 In: Multidisciplinary perspectives on literacy research. Cresskill, N. J. : Hampton Press p. 243-263. ISBN: 1572736267.
Language and Power in Communities of Practice
Tusting, K. 2005 In: Beyond Communities of Practice. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 243 p. ISBN: 0521836433.
The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.
Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Seel, B., Tusting, K., Szerszynski, B. 2005 Oxford : Blackwell. 204 p. ISBN: 1405119586.
Adult Learners' Lives Project: Setting the Scene.
Barton, D.P., Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K. 2004 London : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.
Congregational studies: taking stock
Woodhead, L., Guest, M., Tusting, K. 2004 In: Congregational Studies in the UK. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 1-23. ISBN: 0754632881.
Congregational studies in the UK: Christianity in a post-Christian context.
Guest, M., Tusting, K., Woodhead, L. 2004 Aldershot : Ashgate. 223 p. ISBN: 0754632881.
Models of adult learning: a literature review.
Tusting, K., Barton, D. 2003 Leicester : National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, 42 p.
I know, 'cos I was there: how residence abroad students use personal experience to legitimate cultural generalisations.
Tusting, K., Crawshaw, R., Callen, B. 09/2002 In: Discourse and Society. 13, 5, p. 651-672. 22 p.
Attesting the self: Narration and identity change during periods of residence abroad.
Crawshaw, R., Callen, B., Tusting, K. 2001 In: Language and Intercultural Communication. 1, 2, p. 101-119. 19 p.
Approaching the text: a framework for text analysis
Crawshaw, R.H., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Exploring French text analysis. London : Routledge p. 33-85. 53 p. ISBN: 041518407X.
Exploring French Text Analysis: Interpretations of National Identity.
Crawshaw, R., Tusting, K. 2000 London : Routledge. ISBN: 041518407X.
Exploring narrations of intercultural encounter: methodological reflections
Crawshaw, R., Callen, B., Eppler, E., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Teaching Language, Teaching Culture. London : CILT p. 177-205. 29 p.
Investigating intercultural encounter: factors in qualitative research
Crawshaw, R.H., Eppler, E., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Intercultural learning in the modern languages curriculum.. London : CILT/AFLS p. 177-205. 29 p.
New literacy studies at the interchange.
Tusting, K., Wilson, A., Ivanic, R. 2000 In: Situated literacies. London : Routledge p. 210-218. 9 p. ISBN: 0415206715.
Re-inventing gastronomic heritage: 'La Brie comme autrefois'
Crawshaw, R.H., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Exploring French text analysis : interpretations of national identity. London : Routledge p. 76-87. 12 p. ISBN: 041518407X.
Re-writing the French Revolution
Crawshaw, R.H., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Exploring French text analysis. London : Routledge p. 166-190. 25 p. ISBN: 041518407X.
Style discourse and choice
Crawshaw, R.H., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Exploring French text analysis. London : Routledge p. 3-31. 29 p. ISBN: 041518407X.
Text and national identity
Crawshaw, R.H., Tusting, K. 2000 In: Exploring French text analysis . London : Routledge p. 193-199. 7 p. ISBN: 041518407X.
The New Literacy Studies and Time: an exploration
Tusting, K. 2000 In: Situated Literacies. London : Routledge p. 35-53. 19 p. ISBN: 0415206715.
Adults learning new forms of writing
01/01/2010 → 30/03/2010
Paperwork and pressure in educational workplaces
01/04/2007 → 30/09/2009
Adult Learners' Lives
01/09/2003 → 31/03/2005
Residential writing retreat
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar
"Getting writing done" series of dissemination events at 3 universities in the North West
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar
ESRC (External organisation)
Membership of committee
- DisTex - Discourse and Text Research Group
- Lancaster Literacy Research Centre