MLAL seminar: Joanna Baumgart

MLAL seminar: Joanna Baumgart

An MLAL research seminar will take place Wednesday 31st October at 14.00 in A1053:
 
 
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”: Teacher development through dialogic reflection in cross-disciplinary collaborative action research. 
 
Joanna Baumgart (School of MLAL)
 
This research focuses on classroom discourse in a second level multicultural mathematics classroom in Ireland and seeks to bring together new approaches from linguistics and teacher education in the interest of achieving best practice. A triangulated methodology was used to gather and analyse three sets of data (interviews, classroom recordings of lessons and post-lessons reflective meetings) in conjunction with a combined quantitative and qualitative corpus-based approach. The study further involves action research based on video recorded data from the maths classroom in recognition of the benefits of data-led and dialogic reflective practice, and to further advance this approach. The research was undertaken in the context of the new multicultural landscape of Ireland and the introduction of the new mathematics curriculum (Project Maths). These developments have created new challenges for subject teachers both in terms of addressing the needs of EAL pupils and developing enhanced subject-specific literacies amongst all pupils. The findings of this study therefore provide a valuable empirical account of these areas that can be used to inform future directions in teacher education (pre-service and CPD professional development) as well as offering evidence of the value of teacher-generated cross disciplinary collaborative action research as part of a data-led approach to teacher education.