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Doctoral Course on Researching Multilingualism in Education: Methods, Analysis & Dissemination
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5/7/2019 to 5/9/2019
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Where: University of Oslo

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Doctoral Course


Researching Multilingualism in Education: Methods, Analysis & Dissemination

7-9 May 2019
University of Oslo

Research on multilingualism in education is in an era of expansion and transformation; developments in society caused by globalisation have created new concerns in schools and communities, to which educational researchers must respond. In mainstream educational provision, there are growing tensions between diversity and inclusion in relation to language, while in marginalised language communities there are long-standing concerns for equitable representation and participation in educational provision. Researchers working in this area draw on a range of methodological approaches and analytical techniques in order to answer the various questions that arise related to the provision of quality education in diverse settings. No single methodological approach can answer all of the questions in this domain, and it is valuable for young researchers to gain familiarity with a variety of methodologies and related data analysis techniques.

This course will examine several methodological approaches and data analysis techniques commonly employed in this domain, and guide participants in collaborative data analysis. The course will consist of lectures and collaborative data analysis sessions, drawing on data provided by the facilitators and participating PhD candidates. The process of writing and disseminating results will also be discussed, with the aim of preparing participants to produce research which reaches wider audiences and may inform education policy and practice.

The course is organised by the research group Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and the Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the Faculty of Humanities.

The international expert is Angela Creese, who is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. Her disciplinary home is interpretive sociolinguistics and she draws on theories and methodologies from linguistic anthropology to investigate language in social life.  Angela has led several large Research Council Grants (AHRC and ESRC) on multilingualism in city and school contexts and has been advancing ideas on heteroglossia, translanguaging and superdiversity as ideological orientations to social and linguistic diversity. Her research draws on empirical data gained through ethnographic observations, audio and video recordings of interviews and everyday interactions to which she brings an ethnographically informed discourse analytic approach.

She has published extensively. Her publications include The Routledge Handbook of Language and Superdiversity (with Adrian Blackledge), Linguistic Ethnography (with Fiona Copland), Heteroglossia as Practice and Pedagogy (with Adrian Blackledge, 2014, Springer); The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism (2012, with Marilyn Martin-Jones and Adrian Blackledge); Multilingualism: A Critical Perspective (with Adrian Blackledge, 2010, Continuum); Volume 9: Ecology of Language, Encyclopedia of Language and Education (2009); Teacher Collaboration and Talk in Multilingual Classrooms (2005) and Multilingual Classroom Ecologies (2003). Her 2010 article ‘Translanguaging in the Bilingual Classrooms’ with Adrian Blackledge (Modern Language Journal) has appeared on the journal’s most cited list over the last 6 years.

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