Extended deadline: BAICE 2016 student conference – Understanding, embracing and reflecting upon the messiness of the fieldwork

Many of you will have seen this via email, but I thought I’d post it anyway as it strikes me as an interesting focus, and one that we often reflect on in the pages of this blog. Anyone up for this? Extended Deadline: May 15  BAICE 2016 Student Conference – Call for Papers Understanding, embracing and Read More …

Adrian Holliday on PhD students, interculturality, reflexivity, community and internationalisation

Abstract Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  DOI:10.1080/01434632.2015.1134554 Interviews with a small group of doctoral students at a British university indicate that the students feel that the programme provides an environment within which they develop interculturality through reflexive engagement with the PhD community and in some cases with the participants in their research. Significant here Read More …

Last chance for early bird registration and payment at IATEFL, 2016 is Thursday 14 January

Here is the information about the pre-conference event for the Research SIG: The PCE is entitled ‘Conversations with a purpose: Reflecting on interviewing in EFL research’. It will take place on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 from 10.00-17.00 at the ICC in Birmingham. Dr Steve Mann from the University of Warwick will lead an interactive day on the use Read More …

New book: Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education

Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education: Rethinking Multilingualism and Interculturality edited by Julie S. Byrd Clark & Fred Dervin (2014) (with contributions from several LEF members) The Table of Contents: Introduction Julie S. Byrd Clark and Fred Dervin 1. The Process of Becoming Reflexive and Intercultural: Navigating Study Abroad and Reentry Experience Jane Jackson 2. “Or, just it’s my fault right?”: Language Socialization Read More …

Ethical musings

I have just got back from a few days at this year’s IATEFL conference in Harrogate. Perhaps I’ll blog about the conference itself sometime, but what I’d like to try and write down now is the essence of what for me was a very interesting series of conversations. They started in the very elegant surroundings Read More …

Time and Memory (and research(er) narratives)

This quote caught my eye: “Time and memory are a fussy firm on interior decorators, always shifting the furniture about and redesigning and even reassigning rooms” (p.28) Banville, John (2012). Ancient Light. London: Viking/Penguin. A timely reminder, if ever we needed it, of the great importance of maintaining a Research(er) Journal THROUGHOUT the process and Read More …

Another year, another ICQI…

…and after my third outing, I feel no less excited, engaged and exhilarated by the ideas expressed, the connections made in conversation and the potent sense of purpose that pervades everything at the Congress. Here is a body of scholars actively striving for a better world, for social justice in all its forms and for Read More …

Reflexivity in HE / ethnography- book reviews

Some time back, Paul Smith forwarded these reviews/alerts to me from a colleague in one of the online groups he belongs to (Academic Litercy/ies?): Turner, Joan (2011) Language in the Academy: Cultural Reflexivity and Intercultural Dynamics. Bristol , Buffalo, Toronto: Multilinguial Matters Available in paperback and hardback [The book is part of the Languages for Read More …

Narrativity-Reflexivity Day (18th Feb 2011)

(This is an edited version of the introduction to the collection of texts which we circulated in preparation for the day. The texts contributed by particpants were then extensively discussed on the day itself …) A Second Narrativity-Reflexivity Seminar We have (so far) texts from the following participants: Magdalena, Julian, Richard, Lou, Juup, and Vivien. We also have Read More …

BSA Auto/Biography Study Group Conference

The Auto/Biography Study Group is part of the professional association of sociologists, the British Sociological Association (BSA). The aim of the Study Group is to bring together people interested in looking analytically at all forms of biography and autobiography, the relationship between different ‘genres’ of representing lives, and the intertextuality of biography and autobiography, texts Read More …

I must be a profound thinker, and men like that naturally don’t speak very much

I was intrigued by Magdalena’s recent reflexivity post, but – in a shamelessly selfish way – what I took away from reading the post seems to reveal more about myself than her. This extract was quite illuminating, especially if one considers what could be there but isn’t: There was also the discussion on the narrative-reflexivity Read More …

Eljee's developing researcher narrative: where am I?

I enter into the discussion melee rather late in the game.  I’m not a great blogger and end up lurking online bouncing between posts and forums.  But I would like to (finally) add my thoughts on the discussion on reflective/reflexive area.  Since I’m late in the conversation I won’t address the plethora of what’s been Read More …

On Reflexivity (again…)

This post is partly motivated by the fact that the original reflexivity thread has grown rather too long, and partly by the need for me to make a ‘new beginning’ as regards my understanding of what reflexivity is and how it bears on my research. I am conscious that my current understanding diverges somewhat from Read More …

A Developing Bibliography on Reflection & Reflexivity

This is what I have so far – any suggested additions:   Bolton, G. (2005). Reflective practice: Writing and professional development (2nd edn.). London, Sage. Borg, S. (2001). The research journal: A tool for promoting and understanding researcher development, Language Teaching Research, 5, (2), 156-177. Boud, D., Keogh, R. and Walker, D. (1985). Reflection: Turning Read More …

Ponderings on ‘Reflexivity’

This new Discussion Topic of Reflexivity picks up on quite a bit of activity by LTE staff and doctoral participants in recent months, some of which has spilled onto these blog pages (e.g. see comments on Magdalena De Stefani’s page). Some of this activity is directly related to: Doctoral study (as I think Magdalena’s ideas are, Read More …