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Analysis of interaction and learning

Course description

During the last few years, researchers within the learning sciences have increasingly been drawn to investigations of interaction. This interest can partly be explained with reference to cheap audio and video recording technology. More important, however, is the influence from certain theoretical and analytical perspectives: notions such as situatedness, discourse and interaction have become central within educational research. The focus for this course is on rigorous analytic work conducted in the spirit of ethnomethodology, interaction- and conversation analysis. The course is primarily suited to Ph.D. students who base their investigations on recorded data and who share an interest in making detailed descriptions of local educational orders.

Course organization

The course is divided into four parts. In the first part of the course, we discuss a number of analytical starting points and address how learning and competence can be understood in relation to practical action and practical reasoning.

In the second part of the course, we present and discuss a number of studies and examples, primarily conducted within Network for Analysis of Interaction and Learning (NAIL) and the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS). In this part, we also discuss the practical work of conducting studies of interaction and some technologies that can be used.

In the third part of the course, we collectively make analyses of the different projects that the participants bring to the course. Here, issues concerning research questions, transcripts, theories of learning etc. are put in relation to the particular projects under investigation. In the final part of the course, which also is the examination, the participants presents their analyses in the form of a short article.

The course is financially supported by the The Knowledge Foundation, through its research program LearnIT.



8-9 November 06
7-8 December 06
8-9 February 07
8-9 March 07


Ph.D. students with relevant projects. Maximum number of participants 15.


Literature list

Contact information

Oskar Lindwall

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