Charitianne Williams

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: English
    Title: Senior Lecturer, Assistant Director in the Writing Center
    Office: 105b Grant Hall Phone: 3124132206
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    This research assumes that by describing and analyzing the discourse moves made by conversational participants, a usable definition of pedagogical collaboration can be reached. The purpose of this research is to describe and analyze the ways Writing Center tutors establish and maintain a collaborative pedagogical space during dialogic sessions. The final objectives include developing methods to train tutors how to create and maintain collaborative discourse, as well as developing ways to assess and evaluate the level of collaboration occuring during a session.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3-9

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Training for transcription will be provided. An ideal candidate would have experience or interest in qualitative research methods and sociolinguistic perspectives on communication.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students will be expected to listen to and transcribe 30, 60, and 90 minute conversations between tutors and writers. Minor coding of speech acts is expected, and a key of coding diacriticals will be provided. Students will be asked to meet with researchers and coordinate transcription process periodically.

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