Analyzing Classroom Interactions
Learning, inside and outside schools, happens in interaction between children and their teachers, parents, and peers. It takes human interaction to learn to talk, to do math, to collaborate and to learn autonomously. Research on educational interactions has grown tremendously in the past decade. It reveals important insights for educational improvement. This summer school will offer a broad range of methods to capture and analyse classroom interactions.
The University of Groningen is a pioneer in its dedication to interactional data, including the departments of Developmental Psychology, Educational Sciences, Special Needs Education and Youth Care at the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and department of Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts. In this summer school, we will bring together the methodological expertise from the University of Groningen, as well as national and international colleagues, providing you with the opportunity to learn about different approaches and methods used within the paradigm of educational interactions.
Building on a unique combination of different disciplinary perspectives, this summer school will appeal to students and early career researchers with an interest, and potentially data, in interaction and learning; it will also welcome applicants without any previous training in the subject, who are interested in exploring classroom interaction as a subject for the continuation of their academic career.
During the summer school, you will have a chance to attend and take active part in lectures and workshops from leading experts. Techniques that will be addressed range from gathering and coding interactional data, to analyzing this data using qualitative and quantitative methods, such as content analysis, conversation analysis and statistical discourse analysis. Bringing in your own data for analysis and discussion is highly encouraged.
Target audience & requirements
The summer school is primarily intended for graduate students to early career researchers, but will be open to advanced undergraduate students who are willing to take on an inspiring challenge.
No specific prior knowledge or experience is required. Undergraduate students will need to have already acquired 120 ECTS in their bachelor programme. It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.
After this course you will be able to:
- describe the theoretical underpinnings of micro-analytic research on classroom interactions
- formulate your own research questions
- set up a design for research on classroom interactions
- analyze data on classroom interactions using state-of-the-art techniques
Housing (7 nights, from Saturday 6 July to Saturday 13 July, is available upon request for € 245. You will be lodged with your fellow summer school students in in an international student house.
The fee (€ 255) includes lunches, coffee breaks, and a social programme (welcoming drinks, guided tour through Groningen, group dinner). For those students who would like housing arranged for them, the fee is € 500.
Summer school and the University of Groningen
The summer school is nicely connected to the new Master in Educational Sciences, track Learning in Interaction. This track revolves around understanding learning processes in context, and tackling the challenges that arise in optimizing learning environments to learners' needs.
To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please include the following documents with your application:
- CV (max 2 pages)
- Letter of motivation, explaining what you hope to learn during the summer school and why this will be important for your academic ambitions (max 1 page)
The deadline for application is 1 May 2019. Applicants will be notified about their application by the 10th of May. In case of acceptance, participants will be asked to prepare an abstract with questions and prepare some literature.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.