Research SIG digest of discussions

Group: resig Message: 558 From: Ana Falcon inhappystillness@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:20 PM
Subject: Link to join -> 1.30PM GMT Today 27 Jan 2013 – Webinar: Researching with Young Learners
Dear All,
Hope you are having (or have just had) a relaxing weekend!
As promised, please find below the link to join our webinar at 1.30pm (GMT) today!
 
If you need a quick guide to the IATEFL Adobe
<br\>Connect Room, you can download the pdf at
 
 
We hope to see you online in a little while!
ana
(on behalf of ReSIG committee)
—— Previous email with more details ———
(Apologies for cross-posting)
Dear All,
We are delighted to invite you to join us on our ReSIG first ever webinar – a joint initiative with IATEFL Young Learners and Teens SIG (YLTSIG) on Sunday 27 Jan, and the follow-up online discussion moderated by Shelagh Rixon. Please see details below:
WEBINAR
Researching with Young Learners Webinar – organised by ReSIG in cooperation with IATEFL Young Learners SIG
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2013
Time: 1.30-3.30 pm GMT (check your local time here)
Presenters: Harry Kuchah Kuchah & Annamaria Pinter
Location: IATEFL online conference room
The link to join the webinar will be available from 1.00 pm GMT on the webinar day (we will post the link to our website and also to this list)
You can also read online/download the article
Kuchah, K. & Pinter, A. (2012). ‘Was this an interview?’ Breaking the power barrier in adult-child interviews in an African context. Issues In Educational Research, 22(3), 283-297
Please check our for more
<br\>details at:
FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION
Webinar Follow-up Discussion: ‘Researching with Young Learners’
Date: 28 January to 8 February 2013
Guest moderator: Shelagh Rixon
Location: ReSIG YahooGroup
Please see more details and how to join also on our blog at:
We’d be grateful if you could help spread the word – both of the events are free to IATEFL members and non-members.
And finally we
<br\>hope to see many of you on Sunday in the webinar and on our YahooGroup for the follow-up discussion!
Thank you!
ana
(on behalf of ReSIG committee)
Group: resig Message: 559 From: Shelagh Rixon shelaghr@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:37 PM
Subject: RE: Link to join -> 1.30PM GMT Today 27 Jan 2013 – Webinar: Researching with Young Learners
<br\>

Testing testing. I am on the page already and enjoying listening to the set up. I hope to be joined by many today and we can start the discussion straightaway or see what tomorrow brings.Best wishes to all
Shelagh


To: resig@yahoogroups.com; hornbyscholars@yahoogroups.com
From: inhappystillness@…
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:20:05 +0000
Subject: [resig] Link to join -> 1.30PM GMT Today 27 Jan 2013 – Webinar: Researching with Young Learners<br\>
<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

Dear All,
Hope you are having (or have just had) a relaxing weekend!
As promised, please find below the link to join our webinar at 1.30pm (GMT) today!
 
If you need a quick guide to the IATEFL Adobe
<br\>Connect Room, you can download the pdf at
 
 
We hope to see you online in a little while!
ana
(on behalf of ReSIG committee)
—— Previous email with more details ———
(Apologies for cross-posting)
Dear All,
We are delighted to invite you to join us on our ReSIG first ever webinar – a joint initiative with IATEFL Young Learners and Teens SIG (YLTSIG) on Sunday 27 Jan, and the follow-up online discussion moderated by Shelagh Rixon. Please see details below:
WEBINAR
Researching with Young Learners Webinar – organised by ReSIG in cooperation with IATEFL Young Learners SIG
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2013
Time: 1.30-3.30 pm GMT (check your local time here)
Presenters: Harry Kuchah Kuchah & Annamaria Pinter
Location: IATEFL online conference room
The link to join the webinar will be available from 1.00 pm GMT on the webinar day (we will post the link to our website and also to this list)
You can also read online/download the article
Kuchah, K. & Pinter, A. (2012). ‘Was this an interview?’ Breaking the power barrier in adult-child interviews in an African context. Issues In Educational Research, 22(3), 283-297
Please check our for more
<br\>details at:
FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION
Webinar Follow-up Discussion: ‘Researching with Young Learners’
Date: 28 January to 8 February 2013
Guest moderator: Shelagh Rixon
Location: ReSIG YahooGroup
Please see more details and how to join also on our blog at:
We’d be grateful if you could help spread the word – both of the events are free to IATEFL members and non-members.
And finally we
<br\>hope to see many of you on Sunday in the webinar and on our YahooGroup for the follow-up discussion!
Thank you!
ana
(on behalf of ReSIG committee)

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

Group: resig Message: 560 From: Atanu Bhattacharya atybhattacharya@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:22 PM
Subject: ReSIG Article Discussion in March 2013
Dear all,
Hope this finds you well and the winter has not been too harsh!
It is time for another article discussion week and we are getting ready to host one in March
<br\>2013!
For this discussion, three articles from Language Teaching have been shortlisted. Very many thanks to Gosia Sky for helping us do this! However, in order to select one of those articles we are setting up a poll. Please help us decide from the abstracts belowJ (For copyright reasons, we are afraid that the articles cannot be shared right now). Please follow these links to read the abstracts.
1. Graham Hall and Guy Cook – Own-language use in language teaching and learning – July 2012, Vol 45/3
2. Bonnie Norton and Kelleen Toohey – Identity, language learning and social change – October 2011, Vol 44/4
3. Ernesto Macaro, Zöe Handley and Catherine Walter – A systematic review of CALL in English as a second language: Focus on primary and secondary education – January 2012, Vol 45/1
Follow this link for the poll.
We will count the final votes on Wednesday, January 29.
The dates for the discussion and the link to the article (the chosen one J) would be shared soon.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you have colleagues who would like to join our Group, please ask them to send a request at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/resig/ – they don’t need to be IATEFL or ReSIG members.
Looking forward to another great discussion week!
Best wishes
Atanu Bhattacharya (Aty)
(On behalf of the ReSIG Committee)
Group: resig Message: 561 From: atanu Bhattacharya atanu1071@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:17 PM
Subject: ReSIG Article Discussion in March
Dear all,

<br\>

Hope this finds you well and the winter has not been too harsh!

<br\>

<br\>It is time for another article discussion week and we are getting ready to host one in March 2013!

<br\>

For this discussion, three articles from Language Teaching have been shortlisted. Very many thanks to Gosia Sky for helping us do this! However, in order to select one of those articles we are setting up a poll. Please help us decide from the abstracts belowJ (For copyright reasons, we are afraid that the articles cannot be shared right now). Please follow these links to read the abstracts.

<br\>

<br\>1. Graham Hall and Guy Cook – Own-language use in language teaching and learning – July 2012, Vol 45/3

<br\>http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0261444812000067

<br\>2. Bonnie Norton and Kelleen Toohey – Identity, language learning and social change – October 2011, Vol 44/4

<br\>http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0261444811000309

<br\>3. Ernesto Macaro, Zöe Handley and Catherine Walter – A systematic review of CALL in English as a second language: Focus on primary and secondary education – January 2012, Vol 45/1

<br\>http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0261444811000395

<br\>

Follow this link for the poll.

<br\>http://www.survs.com/survey/7FTKJCN91N

<br\> We will count the final votes on Wednesday, January 29.

<br\>

The dates for the discussion and the link to the article (the chosen one J) would be shared soon.

<br\>

<br\>If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you have colleagues who would like to join our Group, please ask them to send a request at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/resig/ – they don’t need to be IATEFL or ReSIG members.

<br\>

Looking forward to another great discussion week!

<br\>

Best wishes
Atanu Bhattacharya (Aty)

<br\>(On behalf of the ReSIG Committee)

<br\>

Group: resig Message: 562 From: Dennis Newson Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:41 PM
Subject: Joint seminar IATEFL Research SIG YLTSIG RECORDING
Thanks Annamaria and Harry once again for a most rewarding forum.
The highest number of participants in the room was 23 and there were 19 all of the time in the audience.
Below is the URL of the recording. The first few moments – when Annamaria and Harry introduced themselves – is missing, but I caught the rest, though I am not quite sure at what point it ended since one of the people behind the scenes switched it off punctually according to the official period I had booked for the room.

<br\>

Annamaria’s recorded voice is excellent – clear and a comfortable volume to listen to. Harry’s voice is a little problematical to begin with, but it gets better.
The recording is a little messy around the start of the video – but the video is there.

<br\>

<br\>

http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/p1y83zyy7cz/

<br\>

 

 

Post-presentation discussion

 

You can write straight away to either the YLTSIG list or the RESEARCH list. Sandy and Shelagh respectively will be moderating the discussions.

<br\>

Details of the bridging URL where digests from both lists will be posted daily are at:

https://jointweb.wordpress.com/about/

<br\>

Thank you very much those of you who attended.

Dennis

<br\>

<br\>*

<br\>

<br\>Dennis Newson

<br\>Formerly : University of Osnabrueck, GERMANY

<br\>Committee member | Discussion List Manager, YLTSIG Online | IATEFL YLT SIG

<br\>Creator: YLTSIG NING

Committee member IATEFL GISIG: Members & Promotion


<br\>

<br\>Winner British Council ELT 05 Innovation Award

<br\>Unrepentant grammarophobe

<br\>YLTSIG Website

<br\>Yahoogroups YLTSIG: Subscribe:


<br\>

YLTSIG Wiki resources:


<br\>

#YLTSIG Daily:

<br\>Personal homepage:


<br\>

Skype: Osnacantab

<br\>Second Life: Osnacantab Nesterov

<br\>

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Group: resig Message: 564 From: Sandie Mourão nettlehouse@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: Joint seminar IATEFL Research SIG YLTSIG RECORDING
<br\>Sorry Dennis, just tried the link and it doesn’t allow visitors. Is there another one?<br\>

<br\>

<br\>On 27/1/13 16:41, “Dennis Newson” <djn@…> wrote:

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>Thanks Annamaria and Harry once again for a most rewarding forum.

<br\>The highest number of participants in the room was 23 and there were 19 all of the time in the audience.

<br\>

<br\>Below is the URL of the recording. The first few moments – when Annamaria and Harry introduced themselves – is missing, but I caught the rest, though I am not quite sure at what point it ended since one of the people behind the scenes switched it off punctually according to the official period I had booked for the room.

<br\>

<br\>Annamaria’s recorded voice is excellent – clear and a comfortable volume to listen to. Harry’s voice is a little problematical to begin with, but it gets better.

<br\>

<br\>The recording is a little messy around the start of the video – but the video is there.

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/p1y83zyy7cz/<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>Post-presentation discussion

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>You can write straight away to either the YLTSIG list or the RESEARCH list. Sandy and Shelagh respectively will be moderating the discussions.

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>Details of the bridging URL where digests from both lists will be posted daily are at:

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>https://jointweb.wordpress.com/about/

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>Thank you very much those of you who attended.

<br\>

<br\>

<br\>Dennis

<br\>

<br\>

 

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<br\>

Group: resig Message: 565 From: resigcoordinator” R.C.Smith@… Date: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:45 PM
Subject: Re: Joint seminar IATEFL Research SIG YLTSIG RECORDING
<br\>
As Dennis has informed me, the link to the recording of the ‘Researching with
<br\>Young Learners’ webinar is now working:
<br\>
<br\>http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/p1y83zyy7cz/
<br\>
<br\>I’ve tried it, and it is indeed now accessible to all. It takes a bit of time to
<br\>connect, but you will be well-rewarded, with an excellent presentation of some
<br\>of the important issues in researching with children, with concrete illustration
<br\>(including video) from Harry’s research in Cameroon.
<br\>
<br\>Here are some of the participants’ comments at the end:
<br\>
<br\>’an excellent forum!’
<br\>
<br\>’it is amazing to think of how just by involving children, we could get so much
<br\>more from-to them’
<br\>
<br\>’Very many thanks to Annamaria and Harry for a very stimulating virtual
<br\>occasion’.
<br\>
<br\>’Thank you very much both, Annamaria and Harry for this great opportunity’
<br\>
<br\>’Great presentation. Lots of food for thought. Thank you both very much,
<br\>Annamaria and Harry.’
<br\>
<br\>’Thank you very much AnnaMaria and Harry for such an interesting presentation’
<br\>
<br\>’This was a very worthwhile experience and excellent use of 21st century
<br\>technology!’
<br\>
<br\>
<br\>Thanks from Research SIG to Annamaria and Harry, and to Dennis Newson for his
<br\>overall management of the webinar.
<br\>
<br\>Now over to Shelagh and you for further discussion!
<br\>
<br\>Best wishes
<br\>
<br\>Richard
<br\>IATEFL Research SIG coordinator
<br\>
<br\>
<br\>
<br\>— In resig@yahoogroups.com, Sandie Mourão wrote:
<br\>>
<br\>> Sorry Dennis, just tried the link and it doesn¹t allow visitors. Is there
<br\>> another one?
<br\>>
<br\>>
<br\>> On 27/1/13 16:41, “Dennis Newson” wrote:
<br\>>
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Thanks Annamaria and Harry once again for a most rewarding forum.
<br\>> > The highest number of participants in the room was 23 and there were 19 all
<br\>of
<br\>> > the time in the audience.
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Below is the URL of the recording. The first few moments – when Annamaria
<br\>> > and Harry introduced themselves – is missing, but I caught the rest, though
<br\>I
<br\>> > am not quite sure at what point it ended since one of the people behind the
<br\>> > scenes switched it off punctually according to the official period I had
<br\>> > booked for the room.
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Annamaria’s recorded voice is excellent – clear and a comfortable volume to
<br\>> > listen to. Harry’s voice is a little problematical to begin with, but it
<br\>gets
<br\>> > better.
<br\>> >
<br\>> > The recording is a little messy around the start of the video – but the
<br\>video
<br\>> > is there.
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/p1y83zyy7cz/
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Post-presentation discussion
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > You can write straight away to either the YLTSIG list or the RESEARCH list.
<br\>> > Sandy and Shelagh respectively will be moderating the discussions.
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Details of the bridging URL where digests from both lists will be posted
<br\>daily
<br\>> > are at:
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > https://jointweb.wordpress.com/about/
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Thank you very much those of you who attended.
<br\>> >
<br\>> >
<br\>> > Dennis
<br\>> >
<br\>>


<br\>

Group: resig Message: 566 From: Shelagh Rixon shelaghr@… Date: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:46 AM
Subject: Hello and starting the webinar discussion
<br\>


<br\>
Hello all


<br\>

My name is Shelagh Rixon and I have been asked to moderate
<br\>the discussion after the webinar on researching with the active participation
<br\>of children presented by Annamaria Pinter and Harry Kuchah. If you missed them ‘live’ you can now watch
<br\>the recording of the seminar on line.
<br\>See SIG colleagues’ postings for how.


<br\>

Questions, comments and discussion from you are what we want, but just
<br\>to get things started, here is something from me.
<br\>You may either bypass it with thoughts of your own or respond if it helps to
<br\>get you going:


<br\>

For me, the webinar highlighted very well a contrast between
<br\>teachers’ technical/methodological knowledge and the affective impact teachers have
<br\>on children through their classroom behaviour and known character traits. That raised two musings/questions from me:


<br\>

1. Are we talking of
<br\>a pyramid of values a la Maslow, where children cannot benefit well from even
<br\>the best technical provision if they do not first feel safe and valued?


<br\>

2. Technical and
<br\>methodological knowledge may be trained and tested, but what about the character
<br\>traits and general moral/social orientation of would-be and actual teachers?

Best wishes

Shelagh


<br\>

<br\>

 

 

Message: 570 From: Shelagh Rixon shelaghr@… Received: Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:38 AM
Subject: RE: Skills (or attitudes?) for researching with children
<br\>

<br\>

1. A response to Richard
Re techniques, there is going to be a line to be drawn between interviewing children for research/illumination and interacting with them forensically for evidence in legal cases but it is probably useful to look for some of the rules and techniques applied there as well as for other research fields than ELT research. The book below has no ELT related research in it but it is a great source of guidance and ideas. Sorry, Harry and Annamaria, it was probably on your bibliography but I cannot leave this page to double check. Anyway it is worth recommending.
Lewis A and Lindsay G, 2000. Researching Children’s Perspectives, Open University Press
Harry ‘s extended interview transcripts and the comments in the article give us some excellent examples of principles in action e.g. having a very concrete stimulus [drawing ‘my teacher’], asking about specific instances [My best lesson] rather than generalities, prompting but avoiding leading questions, patience in allowing silence and ‘wait time’. All of those are embodied in the conversations. Without that ‘space’ to talk provided by a skilled interviewer implementing such techniques/principles children may find themselves swamped and overridden even if the interviewer is cuddly and warm. Possibly even more so..
2. A practical reason why perhaps research of this type is not all that frequent, especially when the researcher is in someone else’s territory
Even though Harry had a ‘way in’ because of his position, it seems clear that the time that he devoted to helpful activities in the schools where he researched was also important for his gladly [rather than enforcedly] being allowed access to staff and children, i.e. getting access to the research site as a whole. When I was researching teachers’ and childrens’ perspectives on assessment in Italy there was a similar situation except that I was an outsider without ‘clout’. In that case it seemed to me very necessary to offer something in exchange which was to happen before the actual research started. My offering was to be a storyteller in that and neighbouring primary schools for 2 weeks. This served the double purpose of making me more of a resource than a nuisance and of allowing me to get to know the children well. I would guess that this ‘putting in of solid time’ is a practical obstacle for many researchers in the field of education who need to research in someone else’s institution rather than home ground. Has anyone else had experiences with offering time as a resource in exchange for research time?
All the best
Shelagh

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