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.

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