The paperback version of Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives is now available. The edited volume, which was first published in 2016, showcases research at the interface of religion and multilingualism, offering an analytical focus on religion in children and adolescents’ everyday lives and experiences. My chapter in it, ‘Moving across languages, literacies and schooling traditions’, is based on my work in northern Cameroon and Central Ohio.
The EHE K12 blended learning during COVID-19 website is live! This website is the product of the College’s K12 Reopening Task Force, on which I served this past summer. The website presents resources and strategies for educators to use in their schools and classrooms to support students and families in a virtual and/or blended learning environment. I was part of the group that focused on English language learners, along with Ebony Caldwell and Rebecca Parker. Check out our page, which includes a welcome video and great resources from OSU and beyond.
Grace Kim and I have a new research brief, Multilingual families and field trips, published in Connected Science Learning. Based on findings from the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project, we propose the intentional inclusion of families in school field trips for young children as a practice with great potential to help science museums connect and engage with bi/multilingual families, provided the field trip is designed to support family learning and language use.
The American Anthropological Association is holding a virtual conference this year, Raising Our Voices 2020. With Monique Mills (U of Houston), I have a virtual poster, ‘People aren’t going to tell stories in the same way’: A mixed-methods study of adult perceptions of Black children’s narrative language. This poster reports on a mixed-methods study of adults’ perceptions of Black children’s narrative language conducted by a linguistic anthropologist and a speech and hearing sciences researcher.
The College of Education and Human Ecology offers many courses in qualitative methods to support students in strengthening their research skills. Check out the QualLab website to view the most recent list of EHE qualitative classes, including courses being offered in Spring 2021.
Members of the Expanding Repertoires research team just presented a great colloquium at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2020, ‘Scientific language and literacy practices of bilingual families with young children’. Grace Kim organized the colloquium and presented a paper, and Somin Kim and Minseok Choi presented papers. I was the chair and provided an introduction to the Expanding Repertoires project, within in which the reported research was conducted. We had a great turn-out and dynamic discussion. This was my first all-online conference.
FLRT has organized a panel ‘Exploring Career Paths Post-graduation’. This event will provide FLRT members with the chance to hear from three newly graduated Ohio State alumni who have successfully found a job related to language research and teaching post-graduation. The alumni will virtually share their job search process and will also participate in a live Q&A session. Friday, 16 October 2020, 9-10 am (EST). Please see the attached flyer
Today’s QUAL-Lab was a panel discussion of ethics in qualitative research. I was joined by Ann Allen (Educational Studies) and Weidong Li (Human Sciences). Bakari Lumumba (Educational Studies) hosted the event, which was part of a series of lunches that offer information about an important qualitative topic such as anti-racist research designs, ethics in ethnographic research, how to obtain grants with a qualitative design, and more. You can register for future QualLab events, including the Unapologetic Educational Research: Addressing Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy series at https://u.osu.edu/quallab/events/.
Check out the new videos from ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish on the COSI Connects website. The videos are products of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant I have with Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), and Laura Wagner (Psychology). The videos were created by our amazing graduate research associates, Luana Lamberti and Shawntel Barreiro. COSI Connects is COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI is providing exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home.