Interpreting teacher talk in culturally diverse schools: The significance of critical realist and social constructionist understandings

Year: 2002

Author: Nicolson, Helen

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The purpose of this paper is to explain the relevance of social constructionism and critical realism to a study investigating the constitution and construction of literacy in mainstream Year 10 English lessons. This paper will describe how critical realism and a form of social constructionism informed the knowledge produced in this study through the choice of data, method of data collection and analytic method. In the first section of this paper, I briefly describe the study, identifying the data and methodological approach necessary to answer the research questions. In the second part, critical realism and social constructionism are broadly defined and related to the study. In subsequent sections the research method is described and the links to the critical realism and social constructionism are made explicit.