RE: [xmca] Talking Science

From: Forman, Ellice (
Date: Thu Jan 18 2007 - 14:18:20 PST

Thanks for mentioning my research on talking math. I'm now working in the area of science as well and have just completed a literature review with my colleague Michael Ford of a selected sample of the talking science in school literature. It will appear soon in the Review of Research in Education, Vol 30.

Ellice Ann Forman
Professor, Department of Instruction and Learning
5527 WW Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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From: [] On Behalf Of Phil Chappell
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2007 7:35 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] Talking Science

Should have remembered that, Jay! Kay's work, including her coding software, has been inspiring for me, much the same as Elice Forman's in maths. By the way, adding to the conference announcements, there's this one in my new home that I promise to report on, Mike! Maybe we need a "Conference Summary and Papers" link somewhere?


On 17/01/2007, at 10:35 PM, Jay Lemke wrote:

> Phil,
> Good luck with the Forum! looks like a lot of work, but rewarding.
> Yes, I know about the Bernstein conference and that the book was due
> out. I was on the examining committee for Kay O'Halloran's
> dissertation and have followed her work since, which is mainly on math
> education.
> Great to hear more from you when you have more time.
> JAY.
>> David and Jay,
>> I've been having dialogue with Fran Christie on and off over the past
>> couple of years and she's been a great 'expert other' for me in my
>> study on classroom discourse utilising SFL and Bernstein.
>> While I'm flat out preparing for 80 youth from across Asia to descend
>> on Bangkok for the Asian Youth Forum next week (including a sizeable
>> group from Korea, David), I haven't the time to add my tuppence
>> worth, but will when the forum is over at the end of the month.
>> In the meantime, you might be interested in a new edited volume by
>> Christie and Martin that sprang from an SFL and Bernstein conference
>> at Sydney University a couple of years ago. It has a chapter devoted
>> to science education by Kay O'Halloran, but apart from that, it is a
>> book which overall seeks to look again at the nature of knowledge and
>> its construction. It thus by implication touches on all the issues of
>> being 'conservative' or alternatively being 'critical' (which Jay
>> alludes to in part).
>> Cheers,
>> Phil
>> Title: Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy
>> Subtitle: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives
>> Publication Year: 2006
>> Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
>> Book URL:
>> Editor: Frances Christie
>> Editor: J. R. Martin
>> Hardback: ISBN: 0826489176 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. 75.00
>> Abstract:
>> What makes academic disciplines different from each other? How do
>> these differences affect the way they create and transmit different
>> forms of
>> knowledge? What makes them different from everyday discourse?
>> This book
>> tackles these important questions, exploring the nature of knowledge,
>> language and pedagogy in a genuinely transdisciplinary dialogue
>> between systemic functional linguistics and the sociology of Basil
>> Bernstein. The central focus of this cutting edge endeavour is the
>> structure and transmission of academic and educational knowledge: how
>> different disciplines are created, transformed and taught in
>> institutional settings.
>> An international consortium of functional linguists and Bernsteinian
>> sociologists examine the nature of knowledge, the genesis of
>> knowledge forms in early childhood, and the organization of academic
>> subjects, including English, mathematics, social science and natural
>> science. The result is a timely and original analysis of knowledge
>> structures at work in educational institutions. Language, Knowledge
>> and Pedagogy makes a major contribution to linguistics, applied
>> linguistics, sociology and educational theory. It will be of interest
>> to researchers and students working in all these
>> areas._______________________________________________
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