Links to related events:
Researching language in education in diverse,
twenty-first century classrooms
Research seminar organised by the Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership, School of Education, Moray House, University of Edinburgh and the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, School of Education, University of Birmingham, September 10, 2012, 9:00 to 16:00.
The focus of this one-day seminar will be on the methodological challenges of research on language in education in contemporary classrooms. The speakers at this seminar will consider the particular challenges they have encountered in the specific contexts in which they have worked and they will describe the ways in which they have adjusted their research lenses to meet these challenges.
Speakers include: Professor Constant Leung (King’s College, University of London), Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow), Professor Geri Smyth (University of Strathclyde), Dr Sheena Gardner (Coventry University), Dr Joanna McPake (University of Strathclyde), and Dr Andy Hancock (Moray House, University of Edinburgh).
If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact the seminar organisers: Dr Eleni Mariou, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Florence Bonacina-Pugh, email@example.com at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.
Registration is from 9:00 at Moray House, University of Edinburgh. Tea & coffee will be available on arrival. A light lunch will be served at 12:00.
For further information, please check event flyer here.
Links to related research spaces:
Doing Research Multilingually - on the Doctoral Community Blog for the LTE group at The University of Manchester (this is where the initial work preparatory to the current Researching Multilingually project was recorded).
Researching Multilingualism, Multilingualism in Research Practice - this ESRC-funded three-year project - based in the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, within the School of Education at The University of Birmingham - aims to: 1) provide, for researchers at different points in their career, advanced training and development activities which are related to the study of multilingualism and to multilingualism in research practice; 2) encourage the transfer and application of well-established research methods from contemporary sociolinguistic studies of multilingualism to other social science disciplines, particularly education; and 3) develop dedicated research training materials and facilitate international dialogue among researchers involved in running research methodology courses for doctoral researchers conducting research in multilingual contexts. The underlined elements are where we (the Researching Multilingually project team) feel there is resonance between their project and ours.
Becoming literate in faith settings: Language and literacy learning in the lives of new Londoners ‘Becoming literate in faith settings: Language and literacy learning in the lives of new Londoners’ (BeLiFS) is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council. This is a 3-year long project on four faith groups: the Pentecostalist community from Ghana, the Catholic community from Poland, the Muslim community from Bangladesh and the Hindu community from South India/Sri Lanka. The project explores the following main questions:
- What is the scope and nature of literacy practices in each faith setting?
- How do teaching and learning take place during faith literacy activities across different settings?
- In what ways have faith literacy activities changed over time and in the London setting and how are these changes perceived across generations?
- How does participation in faith literacies contribute to multilingual identities?
RM Project commentary: The BeLiFS project focuses on language and literacy learning and socialisation in four linguistically- and culturally-diverse settings. The research processes involve researching multilingually practices of direct relevance to our AHRC project concerns.