Dr Julian Sefton-Green
Independent Researcher and Consultant
WAY WITH WORDS’ CLIENT
What are our clients up to?
Well, Dr Julian Sefton-Green is certainly keeping busy.
Dr Sefton-Green is currently part time at the LSE, University of London, as a principal research fellow in the department of Media and Communications, working at many levels of the formal and informal education systems. He is an honorary professor in the school of Education at the University of Nottingham and also holds a post as an adjunct associate research professor at the University of South Australia and is working as an independent consultant and researcher across a range of disciplines and subject specialisms: youth, media and technology; regeneration, community and education policy; and creativity, learning and arts research.
His current projects include:
> working on The Class research project at the LSE;
> working on the Signature Pedagogies research project based at the University of Nottingham;
> working on the Learning Lives project with the University of Oslo;
> editing a book on learning lives for Cambridge University Press.
Whew! A very busy man, and certainly a man concerned about children, education and the learning environment.
For the LSE CLASS project, Dr Sefton-Green will be working with an ordinary London school, following the networks within and beyond a single class of 13-14 year olds at home, school and elsewhere over the course of an academic year – observing social interactions in and between lessons; conducting interviews with children, parents, teachers and relevant others; and mapping out-of-school engagements with digital networking technologies to reveal both patterns of use and the quality and meaning of such engagements as they shape the learning opportunities of young people.
Recognising that young people’s lives are diverse, uneven and complex, this research project examines the emerging mix of online and offline experiences in teenagers’ daily learning lives, focusing on the fluctuating web of peer-to-peer networks that may cut across institutional boundaries, adult values and established practices of learning and leisure.
Key research questions include the following:
- How do social relationships shape forms of learning in and out of school? And how do forms of learning shape social relationships?
- How do young people use digital technologies within their daily activities both within and beyond the classroom, as part of their ‘learning lives’, and under what conditions is this constructive, enabling or impeding?
- How is youthful engagement with digital technologies shaped by the formal or informal practices, opportunities or risks, empowerment or constraints of the institutions and spaces in which learning occurs?
- Insofar as these technological mediations enable or complement learning, can this be harnessed constructively to develop future recommendations?
Way With Words Transcription is proud to be assisting Dr Julian Sefton-Green with this educational research, transcribing all his CLASS project recordings: interviews and group discussions.