Analysis and visualization of multi-source traces of human interaction
This theme ties together much of my work. It begins by focusing on constructing analytical objects that capture some of the complexity of human computer-mediated interaction (e.g. replayed videos, synchronized with both transcriptions of dialogue and traces of computer supported collaborative activity). Such analytical objects make it possible to reflect on the interconnecting processes of interaction used to co-construct meaning (e.g. talk, gesture, manipulation of resources) and I have done such analyses from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. didactics, linguistics, psychology) while focusing on different phenomena (argumentation, emotion, children’s language development, co-construction of knowledge). In addition, through the sharing of corpora, they provide the context in which one can examine the extent to which the epistemological assumptions underlying particular methodological approaches are compatible or incommensurate with other approaches.