ERIC Number: ED427333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Analyst Eyes and Camera Eyes: Theoretical and Technological Considerations in "Seeing" the Details of Classroom Interaction.
Zuengler, Jane; Ford, Cecilia; Fassnacht, Chris
The Project on Academic Language Socialization (PALS) investigated, in a longitudinal study, the process by which urban high school students are socialized into subject matter discourse. Specifically, the PALS project examined language forms and discourse patterns that both occur in and constitute the process of teaching and learning in high school subject matter courses. This paper reports that the particular technology of data collection being used in the classroom has a strong effect on what is "seen"--and therefore collected--in capturing and understanding classroom interaction. The paper aims to uncover and clarify these aspects of the process. It begins by examining the theory of language being followed and how it has shaped the processes of data collection in the classroom. The paper then describes the project's thoughts about and experiences with various forms of classroom data to illustrate how a particular way to represent the data that make up the raw material for analysis was arrived at. Finally, the paper presents some preliminary findings that illustrate the effects of taking seriously the relationship between theory and data collection. In this way, the project hopes to show how theory and technologies/methods of data acquisition are intertwined such that a loyalty to one entails a deep examination of the other. Contains 10 figures, 3 notes, and 26 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.