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Learning to Fly - Co-constructing a Flight Manouevre on the Ground and in the Air
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (ELSIE)
2008 (English)In: AERA (Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association), New York, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the co-construction and learning of a manoeuvre – recovery from unusual attitudes – as constituted in interaction between a student learning to fly and her teacher, in briefing and debriefing sessions in a classroom and in flight lessons in an actual airplane. Learning is approached from within a conversation analytic (CA) perspective, building on prior CA research on the organisation of human interaction. The empirical data consists of video recordings where a student was followed during three consecutive flight lessons. The paper investigates the resources – talk, embodied actions, and material structure in the environment – that are drawn upon by the participants in each situation, and how the different situations are tied together through the participants’ orientations to a shared content of learning. Building on a dynamic view of context as something that is invoked, managed, and upheld in interaction, issues of context and transfer are discussed. For example, it is demonstrated how experiences from the airplane are invoked in the classroom and vice versa. The results further show how there are micro-longitudinal changes in the student’s performance of the recovery from the unusual attitudes – both within the same flight lesson and over the course of the three lessons.

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New York, 2008.
Learning, Interaction, Context, Conversation Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-85630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-85630DiVA: diva2:113719
Available from: 2008-12-08 Created: 2008-10-24 Last updated: 2009-01-16Bibliographically approved

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