ViSA as metacommunication

A publication resulting from collaboration with a group of colleagues in Lyon, France, has just appeared:

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2013). ViSA: La construction d’un objet-frontière et d’une forme de métacommunication. In L. Veillard et A. Tiberghien (Eds.), Instrumentation de la recherche en education. Paris: Éditions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

ViSAcoverThe electronic copy of the chapter in French is available for free from Open Edition Books. The paperback version of the book is available from the publisher, Les Éditions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. The English version is available here. The title in English is “ViSA as a Deliberately Constructed Boundary Object and as a Form of Metacommunication.”

The topic is not intercultural dialogue. Rather this was a result of intercultural dialogue with international peers. ViSA (Vidéos de situations d’enseignement et d’apprentissage) is a group made up of scholars interested in pedagogy, who have jointly contributed videotapes of actual classroom interaction, so that all group members might have access to a larger database when analyzing classroom interaction. My chapter defines metacommunication and explains what boundary objects are, then includes discussion of metacommunication as a strategy in interdisciplinary research, boundary objects as tools for interdisciplinary research, and ways in which the ViSA database serves as a boundary object.

My thanks to Laurent Veillard for the translation into French. And to Andrée Tiberghien for inviting me to join ViSA. I have very much enjoyed working with you both, as well as with the other members of the group.

Institut Français de l’Éducation

On September 26, 2011, I presented a talk entitled “’A Curious Mixture of Passion and Reserve’: Understanding the Etic/Emic Distinction” to Prof. Christine Develotte‘s doctoral seminar at the Institut Français de l’Éducation, which is part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. Other faculty who participated in the discussion were Prof.  Jacques Cosnier, and Dr. Nicholas Guichon. The presentation described a manuscript in preparation with Christina Hahn (a recent Master’s student at the University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany) and Prof. Jane Jorgenson (University of South Florida). My thanks to Prof. Develotte for organizing the event and to the students for being a great audience.

On October 13-14, 2011, I was one of the respondents to a panel at Journées d’étude ViSA, presenting a paper entitled “A Metacomunicative perspective on the ViSA group analysis of data.” I am also on the Conseil scientifique of ViSA (Vidéos de situations d’enseignement et d’apprentissage), so in addition to participating in the 2 days of activities, I was part of the group discussing next year’s event and other future plans. My thanks to Andrée Tiberghien for again including me in ViSA. Other researchers who are involved are too numerous to mention as this is a group of several dozen scholars across France, with additional participants from Switzerland and Spain.

On October 17, 2011, I presented “Integrating new technologies into higher education pedagogy in the United States: What problems do they solve? What problems do they create?” as a public lecture at IFE. Prof. Denis Bédard (from the University of Sherbrook, Canada) was the other international speaker. My thanks to Profs. Catherine Loisy and Eric Sanchez for organizing the event, and to the participants for excellent questions.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue