Analytical designs: Goodwin’s substrates as a tool for studying learning

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Conference Proceeding

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The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3


M. Gresalfi and I. S. Horn

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Charles Goodwin’s legacy includes a multitude of analytical tools for examining meaning making in interaction. We focus on Goodwin’s substrate—“the local, public configuration of action and semiotic resources” available in interaction used to create shared meanings (Goodwin, 2018, p. 32), gathering early career scholars to explore how research designs adapt substrate as an analytical tool for education research in diverse settings. This structured poster session examines how substrate can be used to capture a complex web of learning phenomena and support important analytical shifts, including representing learning processes, privileging members’ phenomena to address issues of equity, and understanding shifting power relations through multi-layered and multi-scaled analyses.


Full author list: Danielle Keifert, Rogers Hall, Noel Enyedy, Lauren Vogelstein, Ashlyn Pierson. Nadav Ehrenfeld, Samantha Marshall, Katherine Schneeberger McGugan, Ananda Marin, Elisa Noemí Orellana Faulstich, Clementine Bordeaux, Heather Clark, Jamie Gravell, Lindsay Lindberg, Denise Morales, Lilia Rodriguez, Renee White Eyes, Virginia J. Flood, Geetanshi Sharma, David DeLiema, Jesslyn Valerie, Alexis Cabrera, Sophie Smith, Sihan Xiao, Chi Xiao, Xuehui Wang, Brette Garner, Michael Sean Smith, Benedikt W. Harrer, and Doug Clark.


Physics and Astronomy