Closing seminars and lectures: The work that lecturers and students do
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AbstractBased on an analysis of naturally occurring interactions between lecturers and students, this article investigates how university lectures and seminars are brought to a close through the collaborative work of lecturers and students. The analysis focuses on, first, the resources that lecturers and students have to accomplish this (which include not just speech but also embodied conduct, as well as references to clock time and lesson phases); second, the active role that students play, who may engage in closing activities in ways that attempt to preserve the classroom order (e.g. by packing up silently while continuing to demonstrably listen) or in ways that are disruptive of it (e.g. by packing up noisily); and third, the occasional subversive role that students may adopt, who may attempt to initiate closings in order to cut the lecture or seminar short (e.g. by suggesting to the lecturer that he or she is going over time or by engaging in ‘premature’ closing activities).
All Author(s) ListTyagunova T., Greiffenhagen C.
Journal nameDiscourse Studies
Year2017
Month6
Day1
Volume Number19
Issue Number3
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Pages314 - 340
ISSN1461-4456
eISSN1461-7080
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsseminars, time, Classroom interaction, closings, classroom management, embodiment, conversation analysis, lectures, ethnomethodology

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