Teachers and academics co-constructing the category of expert through meeting talk

Hall, Graeme W. & Danby, Susan J. (2003) Teachers and academics co-constructing the category of expert through meeting talk. In Australian Association for Research in Education/New Zealand Assocation for Research in Education, December 2003, Auckland.

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It is not uncommon for education university academics and schoolteachers to create opportunities to collaborate in projects of various kinds - particularly professional development and research activities. While a number of studies have highlighted the advantages of school-university partnerships, there has been little work investigating how these partnerships actually work. This study shows how one such partnership was managed interactionally, focusing on how the participants undertook the delicate and complex work of partnership building. Specifically, the study investigated how a group of teachers and academics developed a project to improve Mathematics teaching in the school. The activity was collaborative, occurring in the context of on-going Professional Development. This paper focuses on one episode of meeting talk to show how the participants constructed the business of doing partnerships. In so doing, they constructed categories of ‘expert’ in their meeting talk. The meeting talk was audio-taped and analysed using membership categorization and conversation analysis. Of particular interest was the emergence of expertise as a co-constructed category accomplished by participants. Teachers and academics alike constructed themselves as experts. This paper shows that the practical tasks of the meeting were concerned with connecting expert status to the business of partnerships. Such orientations shape what can be said in meeting talk, who gets to speak, and the types of relationships that can be constructed.

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ID Code: 1258
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: school, university partnerships, social order, professional teacher development, principal
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 AARE
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:02

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