Multimodality, Transcription and Educational Research: Learning Beyond Verbal Language

My contribution to the Faculty of Education Student Research Association (FERSA) blog.

FERSA University of Cambridge Blog

By Aline Frederico, Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil

When investigating how learning takes place, observation is a common method, often accompanied by some sort of recording, which is then transcribed. As a result, often the rich and dynamic environment of a classroom, of parents and children reading together, etc., is reduced to a series of verbal entries, a transcript which is then analyzed and coded.

In my doctoral research, I studied 4-year-olds’ meaning-making processes when reading digital literature with their parents where observation was the central method of data collection. So what could I learn about meaning-making (and learning in general) bylooking at these reading events? The answer, I found, can be significantly different depending on the methods employed for recording and analyzing these observations.

Let’s consider three different scenarios of data collection and analysis. In the first, the data is audio-recorded and transcribed, two methods widely practiced in…

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Ongoing publication: The mediation of the digital literary experience

I have recently submitted, in co-authorship with Dr. Elizabeth Cardoso, lecturer at the Catholic University of São Paulo, the article Digital literature in and out of school: The mediation of the literary experience in childhood. The article is to appear at the journal Revista Leitura: teoria e prática [Reading: Theory and Practice], in the special edition … Continue reading Ongoing publication: The mediation of the digital literary experience

New publication at Paradoxa: Small Screen Fiction

It is wonderful news that my article "Children Making Meaning with Literary Apps: A 4-year-old child’s transaction with The Monster at the End of This Book" has been published at edition 29 of Paradoxa, a special on Small Screen fiction edited by Astrid Ensslin, Lisa Swanstrom, Paweł Frelik. Download the pre-proof version of the article. The … Continue reading New publication at Paradoxa: Small Screen Fiction