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Negotiating textual talk : conversation analysis, pedagogy, and the organisation of online asynchronous discourse

Gibson, William (2009) Negotiating textual talk : conversation analysis, pedagogy, and the organisation of online asynchronous discourse. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (5). pp. 705-721. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This paper uses Conversation Analysis to investigate the ways in which participants in an online asynchronous postgraduate reading group managed and negotiated their contributions within the discussion. Using the conversation analytic concerns with sequential organisation, adjacency pairs and topicality, this article shows the analytic insights that this perspective can bring to the examination of written asynchronous discourse. The paper shows that in the section of the discussion analysed here, the discourse displayed remarkable similarities to the ways in which face-to-face conversation has been seen to operate in terms of the organisation of conversational turns, the application of specific interactional rights, the lineal development of topics of conversation, and the structural use of question-answer turn pairs. The paper concludes by showing how this form of analysis can relate to the formation of reflexive pedagogy in which course design can be created to take account of such findings. It shows how a detailed understanding of how pedagogy is played out in interaction is fundamental for reflecting on the relationship between pedagogic aims and educational practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Gibson, William (2009) Negotiating Textual Talk: Conversation Analysis, Pedagogy, and the Organisation of Online Asynchronous Discourse. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (5). pp. 705-721. British Educational Research Journal is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/01411920802688754
Controlled Keywords: Digital technologies, Sociology
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 16:17
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:10
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