Research Methodologies, Spring 2013
Situational Map of the First-Year Writing Classroom
This map is a visual conception of the human and non-human actors and discourses that might affect language use within the first-year writing classroom. Created for Research Methodologies (Spring 2013) and following Adele Clarke's situational analysis, this strategy proved valuable for graphically representing and making sense of complex relationships and ideas.
With a classmate, we synthesized our course readings for the week, which focused on the research methodology of teacher research. We presented this synthesis to the rest of our course and facilitated a discussion about the features and benefits of conducting teacher research. We concluded our presentation with an activity, where we watched a YouTube video of a classroom discussion and imagined what observations a teacher-researcher who is interested in how students use resources in the classroom.
Literacies in the Composition Classroom
In my final project for Research Methodologies, I was able to pull together a number of concepts gleaned from this course, from Composition Studies, and from Community Literacies, to create a literature review guided by the questions, "What kinds of literacies can operate in the composition classroom? And how can we utilize these literacies to make the work of the course more engaging for both students and instructors?" I hope to continue considering this question and its many implications throughout my career as a composition instructor.