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Current Graduate students projects in Discourse & Communication

Agnes Engbersen
Agnes Engbersen

Autonomy of older adults during morning care
"Care provision in care for older adults is guided by the concept of (encouraging) self-management. Within the framework of conversation analysis I examine how an orientation to autonomy of the older adult is being enacted during these care interactions between care workers and residents in an institutional setting."

Anke Herder
Anke Herder

"My PHD research focuses on the analysis of co-writing activities in the context of inquiry learning of primary school students. There are two main goals. First, to obtain more insight into interactional language in collaborative wrriting, especially concerning proposals and reflective practices.  Secondly, to acquire insight into how joint knowledge building around a research topic is established."

Lisanne Knol
Lisanne Knol

"My project deals with the interaction between psychotherapists and patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder. By using Conversation Analysis, I investigate conversational patterns in therapeutic encounters, how therapeutic work is embedded in those conversations and whether patients are actually aligning with what is being said by the therapist. Ultimately I want to specify which type of therapy treatment is most suitable for the different kinds of depression that patients can be suffering from."

Maaike Pulles
Maaike Pulles
Dialogic reading and shared knowledge construction in inquiry learning

"My research aims to develop more insight in children's reading practices during dialogic reading situations. Knowledge about effective dialogic reading practices might contribute to optimize education with regard to reading and knowledge building during collaborative inquiry learning, which is important to prepare pupils for the 21st century. Using Conversation Analysis I firstly focus on the characteristics of dialogic reading in primary schools, and secondly how these conversations contribute to shared knowledge building." My webpage on the NHL-website

Ellen Schep
Drs. H.H. (Ellen) Schep, Christelijke Hogeschool Ede, Ede – RUG

"Een gezinshuis (vorm van jeugdzorg) biedt uithuisgeplaatste kinderen en adolescenten een nieuwe en stabiele woonomgeving, wat noodzakelijk is voor de ontwikkeling van een adolescent. Door middel van Conversatie Analyse wordt onderzocht hoe hechting tussen gezinshuisouders en opgenomen adolescenten eruit ziet in dagelijkse interacties tijdens de avondmaaltijd. Een goede hechtingsrelatie vergroot de kans dat een adolescent tot 18 jaar binnen hetzelfde gezin zal blijven wonen."

Annerose Willemsen
Annerose Willemsen
Teachers' moves in whole-class discussions

"In my project, I study whole-class discussions during history lessons in upper primary school. I aim to find out in what ways teachers instigate and foster these discussions. By using Conversation Analysis, I study the teachers' interactional moves, such as open-ended questions and invitations to students to respond to each other. In this way I attempt to determine which teacher moves indeed enhance the discussion and lead to students thinking together and learning from each other."

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