In Tow of the Blue Whale - Tracing Learning as Changes in Content Orientation
2006 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
This article aims at taking part in the development of conversation analysis approaches to studying learning, through an analysis of how a topical content, the size of the blue whale, is oriented to by participants in interaction. Further, the article aims at tracing changes in the participants’ topical orientation, to understand how one empirically can understand learning in relation to topical content. The analysis is based on a study of video recordings of three seven-year-old children reading a picture book together, where the children explicitly orient to the subject of blue whales. The results of the analysis show that there are changes in the way participation in relation to the blue whale is carried out when content orientation is considered an aspect of participation. In particular, this concerns how the children relate to the size of the blue whale. Thus, the results show that learning occurs, and how this learning is accomplished. This is made possible through the fine-grained participant perspective-based conversation analysis. The reported work also demonstrates how issues of topical content can be integrated into micro analyses of learning. The study demonstrates that conversation analysis is particularly well apt for studying learning in interaction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Learning, Interaction, Participation, Conversation analysis, Children
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87953OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87953DiVA: diva2:133983
ICCA 2006 (International Conference on Conversation Analysis) Helsinki