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ERIC Number: EJ833914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
Po? Pow? What! A Class Project to Study Linguistic Variation in English
Sofinski, Bruce A.
Inquiry, v13 n1 p65-73 Spr 2008
Fourteen students in "Comparative Linguistics: American Sign Language & English" (ASL 220) embarked on a class project focused on linguistic variation during the spring 2007 semester at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC). This class project required students to apply various skills learned in the course, including critical-thinking skills, teamwork, and grappling for understanding. The result was the development of standardized data-collection procedures and coding tools, which collectively resulted in a corpus of data coding the interviews of 166 individuals. This corpus was then used by the students to test hypotheses through the individual analysis and manipulation of data incorporated into a final class project write-up. This article explains how a final class project in an American Sign Language course teaches teamwork, critical thinking, and research methodology. ["Po? Pow? What! A Class Project to Study Linguistic Variation in English" was written with Dyan Hansford, Sue Matthews, Rochelle Taylor, Kathryn Wilson, Rachel Henry and Lydia Polonofsky.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia