Tuesday, February 12, 2008


It's been quite a while, so I thought I'd poke my head in for a lil update.

Right now I'm still collecting data for my ethnographic study of literacy practices of student-athletes. My subjects are still in the midst of their season and are stretched for time, so data collection has been slow since xmas. I've also had to make some adjustments to the original study design because of issues of access to my subjects. This part has been both frustrating and interesting.

Since the data collection is in something of a lull, I've been trying to read and write towards a diss chapter. Right now I'm going through some of the theoretical texts that are foundational to my working theory of literacy education, development and research. I haven't been cross-posting my current series on Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy as Activity, but if you want to check it out here's Part I, Part II, and Part III.
Right now it's not that important whether these series add up to actual chapters. They're useful, if for nothing else, in practicing articulating the thoughts I'm having and practicing talking about my (REALLY raw) data.

So that's what I'm up to, folks.
The data collection officially ends in May. Then I'll start with the grueling tasks of interpreting and making sense of it all. Though it will no doubt be tedious, I'll be thrilled to actually reach this stage of production!

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