Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

2. Process Narratives in an Educational Setting

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Barry Saferstein [+-]
California State University, San Marcos
Professor Barry Saferstein is a cognitive sociologist whose research interests include the effects of multimedia health information technology on clinical interaction; explanations and understandings of genetics and medical information in schools, science centres, and clinics; the application of digital technologies to qualitative research methods; and the construction of ideology through mediated and face-to-face interaction. His recent work examines how professional authority affects the development of understandings. He has also published studies of agenda setting activities and the interactional construction of ideology in television production settings.

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The discussion of classroom data in Chapter Two presents a type of commonplace situation in which the creation of process narratives is complicated by the absence of explanatory information. The chapter details the intricate interpretation activities that organize information as process narratives as high school biology students learn about the genetic inheritance of traits by using a computer simulation of the breeding of generations of rabbits. The classroom interaction displays the interpretive contingencies that students contend with as they create process narratives from newly encountered information. Those contingencies include the concurrent activities of interpreting visual information and developing frames of reference for determining what information is relevant to the activity.

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Saferstein, Barry . 2. Process Narratives in an Educational Setting. Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 35-73 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781845534363. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27833. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27833. Nov 2016

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