CIRTA 2009 Keynote: Re-Thinking Research to Re-Engage Practice

CIRTA 2009

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Audio and .ppt of a presentation based on my book.

The relationship between theory and practice is complex and multifaceted: Classic studies in software engineering and interface design (e.g. Suchman, 2007), for example, have shown that practice is not the direct implementation of theory, and that theory is not simply the codification of practice. Instead, practice, as Bourdieu says, brings with it “a logic which is not that of the logician.” In this presentation, Dr. Norm Friesen, Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices, will look at the issue of practice in its relation to often theoretical concerns of research, drawing practical examples from the contents of his recent monograph Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods and Practices (Peter Lang, 2009). These examples include a narrative study of one instructor¹s integration of technology into an ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom, and a conversational analysis of exchanges between learners and an intelligent pedagogical agent.

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