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1st Edition

Researching Classroom Discourse
A Student Guide

ISBN 9780367209018
Published July 15, 2020 by Routledge
196 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical guide to doing classroom discourse research provides a comprehensive overview of the research process. Bringing together both discourse analysis and classroom discourse research, this book helps readers to develop the analytic and rhetorical skills needed to conduct, and write about, the discourse of teaching and learning. 
Offering step-by-step guidance, each chapter is written so that readers can put the theoretical and methodological issues of classroom discourse analysis into practice while writing an academic paper. Chapters are organized around three stages of research: planning, analyzing, and understanding and reporting. Reflective questions and discourse examples are used throughout the book to assist readers.
This book is essential reading for modules on classroom discourse or thesis writing and a key supplementary resource for research methods, discourse analysis, or language teaching and learning.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 What is classroom discourse analysis?

Chapter 2 The logistics of classroom discourse research


Chapter 3 Conversation analysis

Chapter 4 Discourse analysis

Chapter 5 Critical discourse analysis

Chapter 6 Narrative analysis


Chapter 7 Classroom ethnography

Chapter 8 Reporting and writing



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Christopher J. Jenks is a scholar of language, communication, and discourse. He has worked as a professor in a number of countries, including the United States, England, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Christopher specializes in the study of language in society and is particularly interested in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English.


Christopher Jenks accomplishes the near-impossible: describing the complex and challenging endeavor that is classroom discourse analysis in ultra-clear, no-nonsense, but non-simplistic, prose. His inspiring yet even-handed and step-by-step introduction thoughtfully invites a new generation of scholars into the exciting and important work of studying classroom interaction. 

Betsy Rymes, University of Pennsylvania, USA


This excellent book provides a highly accessible, practical introduction to how graduate students and novice researchers may conduct empirical research on classroom discourse using the distinct traditions of conversation analysis, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, and narrative analysis. It also usefully considers the role of ethnographic context in such research.

Numa Markee, University of Illinois, USA


This highly practical book, written by a leading expert in the field, offers students a step-by-step guide to researching classroom discourse. It is written in an accessible and easy-to-follow style and is sure to be of immense value to anyone engaged in this important research area.

Steve Walsh, Newcastle University, UK