(Unsuccessful) Conference Abstract Proposal

“Potential Role and Contribution of Counselling Psychology to the Care of Street-Connected Children and Young People” Parneet Chahal & Richard Fay (University of Manchester) Abstract: This paper is based on a recently-completed, multilingually undertaken, counselling psychology study exploring the narrativised meanings made by young people in India regarding their street-connected experiences. In this paper, we briefly Read More …

BERA: British Educational Research Association

I wanted to highlight this website, especially for all those of us at the beginning of this PhD process. It has some very helpful, accessible articles. I particularly liked this one on Meanings of Theory. It seemed to link very well with what we were talking about in Data Analysis last week, especially in relation to Read More …

Notes to self: Reflections on writing an MSc module assignment

Rather than what I have learnt through the feedback, I would like to reflect on two mental notes I made to myself while actually writing the assignment – and I only did one, so it shouldn’t have been that strenuous a task really. There were moments though when it felt as if I was climbing Read More …

TESOL 2013 experiences and feedback

This March I had the excellent opportunity to attend The TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo 2013 held in Dallas, Texas (USA) which was due, in part, to contributions from The David Nunan TESOL Institute Travel Award  and The School of Education conference fund. This conference is one of the biggest annual events in the English Read More …

Language and Sociocultural Theory

Equinox is pleased to announce a new journal Language and Sociocultural Theory edited by James Lantolf (The Pennsylvania State University). Language and Sociocultural Theory is an international journal devoted to the study of language from the perspective of Vygotskian sociocultural theory. Articles appearing in the journal may draw upon research in the following fields of Read More …

When Ethics become more than a paper pushing exercise….

After completing my panel in October I have been working through completing the ethics forms for my PhD study. Originally it was seen to have a low risk level. However, from my panel feedback and discussions with colleagues in the department it appears that from the wording on the ethics form my study is actually 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 …

David Nunan Travel Award 2013 Winner

I can’t believe it but I actually won this award!  WAA!  It’s for $800 USD to cover conference related costs.  Considering I’m heading overseas next year for TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo 2013 every bit of funding helps. I was looking for any kind of external conference funding to help me get to Read More …

Online database unlocks secrets of English language

Check out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/16/google-tool-english-cultural-trends?INTCMP=SRCH Google creates a tool to probe ‘genome’ of English words for cultural trendsHarvard and Google say they have developed a way to identify cultural trends over the past 200 years using a database of 5m digitised books … How many words in the English language never make it into dictionaries? How has 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 …

Discourse analysis anyone?

Greetings to you all!  Now that the summer is here most of us, I suspect, are either: a) buried under the pile of reading for a dissertation/abstract/research b)  teaching / working crazy hours during the summer to make ends meet for the fall c) procrastinating by doing anything (i.e. online shopping, lurking on Facebook, blogging Read More …