Education and Technology Partnerships as Intercultural Communities: An Ethnographic Perspective 

Professor Judith GREEN, Department of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara

This keynote is a joint activity of CITERS 2014 & Summerfest organized by Sciences of Learning Strategic Research Theme (SoL-SRT), Faculty of Education.

Time: 13 June 2014 (Fri) 09:10-10:00 (tentative)

Medium of instruction:English 英語


This talk will draw on two ethnographic cases in which teams from different disciplines and institutional settings that were brought together to support the building of technology enabled educational opportunities for learning. Each case will make visible the how and in what ways an ethnographic epistemology made visible not only how the teams were assembled but also the interactional and intercultural nature of the work of members of each team that supported, and at times constrain, the design, development, and implementation of innovative technology-enabled projects. The goal in drawing on these two different cases is to make visible a conceptually driven approach to uncovering and understanding the complex and often challenging and dynamic dialogic work of inter-professional, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional project teams. The first case, Two Sides of the Interface, makes visible the intercultural learning that resulted from a partnership between teachers and a team building a digital archive and its interface. This case study makes visible how the educational work of teachers provided insights about searching the archive that supported development of the interface. The second case, The Role of Ethnography in Complex Technology Enabled Education Partnerships, makes visible roles and relationships that were developed to construct an award-winning program that engaged 4000 secondary and post secondary students, in 170 sites in 44 of the 58 counties of California in learning ways of becoming active readers, writers and mathematicians. Through these case studies, I make visible how an Interactional Ethnographic perspective provides a conceptual approach to both research and project development.

About the Speaker

Judith Green is Professor of Education and Director of the Center of Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara. She is co-founder of the Santa Barbara Classroom Discourse Group, an ethnographic research collaborative in which teachers, university faculty, and graduate students engage in interactional ethnographic studies of knowledge construction and community development in classrooms and technology-enabled contexts. Her published research explores issues of epistemology related to collecting, archiving, searching and analyzing video records within ethnographic archives. One area of her research has explored unanticipated impact of policy on opportunities for learning and on identity construction for both the collective and the individual in complex educational settings in and out of schools. The most recent area of her research is exploring how inter-professional and interdisciplinary groups work to develop technology-enabled systems and educational programs that support and constrain new directions for instructing, learning and accessing new areas of knowledge in higher education courses. Her research on the social construction of knowledge, within and across disciplines and educational settings, and on ethnography and discourse as epistemological perspectives has been published in major research handbooks and journals. She served as editor of the Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education in Education Research, Review of Research in Education, and Reading Research Quarterly. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, American Anthropology Association, National Conference for Research in Language and Literacy, and was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame.