Discussion Group

Academic year 2023-24.

Current Organisers: Uta Papen u.papen@lancaster.ac.uk, Karin Tusting k.tusting@lancaster.ac.uk

Hello and welcome back to the Literacy Research Centre Discussion Group. Please see below for the timetable for upcoming talks. updates will be circulated via the LRDG mailing list.

3rd November 1pm UK time

Online talk, link to follow

Thinking with Machines: A Model to Understand Student Metacognition when Writing with Generative AI

Christopher Eaton, PhD

Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, University of Toronto Mississauga

This presentation will discuss early results from research examining how students think with and about generative AI as a tool for their writing. The project used grounded theory to test a metacognitive thinking model that was designed to assess how student writers think about writing in an AI-mediated environment. The talk will explore various ways that 23 post-secondary students at the University of Toronto (Mississauga campus) have implemented AI tools into their writing processes. I will pay particular attention to how the various approaches correspond to the ways students think about writing and about themselves as writers. I will end with a discussion of the implications for literacy pedagogies that, hopefully, will stimulate discussion about implications of AI across contexts.
24th November 2023

1pm UK time

Hybrid talk, link and location to follow

Adult literacies in Scotland – reviewing the territory

Sarah Galloway, Lecturer in Further Education, University of Stirling

Adult Literacies in Scotland – reviewing the territory

Scotland’s curriculum guidelines for Adult Literacies learning maintain adherence to social practices approaches for teaching and learning in Community Learning and Development settings. Sarah offers a high level review of the intentions behind this curriculum and reviews the landscape in which delivery of adult literacies now takes place. Drawing from published and unpublished research, both empirical and theoretical, she will indicate the extent to which social practices approaches continue to be practiced in Scotland, pointing towards questions that researchers might continue to address.

 1st December

1pm UK time

Online talk, link to follow

Adult literacies education in England – what has happened to social practices views?

Uta Papen, Lancaster University

Previous year’s discussion group schedules