About Adam

Adam has written 17 articles so far, you can find them below.

Where are the episode transcripts?

We’re still ironing out wrinkles with the companion website.  The videos all work fine, but the transcripts are missing.  In the meantime, we’ve added them here, each on the relevant episode page (a link can be found just below the description of the episode and commentators).

We hope you find them useful,

Adam and Julia

The book is now out!

Received an e-mail from the publisher this afternoon, though haven’t seen a physical copy yet.  The “companion website” with the videos is also live, though it still needs some polishing.  And if you want to purchase the book, you can do so here, using the discount code on this flyer.

Can’t wait to see the book, and hear what readers think.


Ethics, consent and masking participant identities

Dennis Kwek (National Institute of Education, Singapore), one of the guest commentators in the book, sent us the following question:

Quick ethical question: the 8 videos that were showcased in the book… when you recorded them with the teachers, did you obtain permission from them to share the videos in a public forum (like the book or the website) or was the permission obtained later on? I’m trying to work out how, if possible at all, we can use the 600+ lessons we collected for Professional Development / teacher learning. When we collected the data, we stated that the videos are confidential and will be shared only with the research team, because we did not consider how we can use the data beyond the Core coding and analysis. Now there’s increasing demand for secondary access to not just our video data but our survey and assessment data. We’re trying to work out the ethical issues for these.

One way forward for us is to contact all our teachers involved in the data collection and ask them for permission to release the videos (perhaps giving them a copy of the video to ‘vet’ first). But this is 3 years after collection, so I’m not sure if they’re still in the school or have left the service.
Would appreciate any thoughts you have on this.

This is a thorny issue.  First, regarding what we did: From the teachers we asked for permission to film for research purposes, promising complete confidentiality, but noting that we might want to use some of the video in the biweekly workshops or beyond, in which case we would seek specific permission from the teacher involved.  As for the parents, the school already had attained general parental permission that “covered” our filming, so we merely sent them a notice informing them about the research and offering them the opportunity to opt out if they so desired.  We also explained the research goals and process to the pupils, who likewise gave their consent to participate.  At the end of the year, after coming up with the idea for the book, we returned to the participating teachers, all of whom gave us blanket consent — use whatever you want — though we still showed them the specific clips to be on the safe side.

Though legally we’re covered by these arrangements, we still thought it wise to mask participant identities, by applying a “cartoonize” filter.  (Specifically, I used the free NewBlueFx Cartoonr plugin, together with Sony Moviestudio Platinum12, but the plugin works with many other video editing programmes.)  It takes some time to play around with to get it right, and every video is different so you need to tweak the filter each time.  This effect is far from perfect — you could still probably identify some of the participants if you knew them ahead of time — but it does create some distance between the representation and the actual person.  It also reduces some of the complexity of the image (less detail), which has some advantages.

My guess is that in your case it’s going to be very difficult to overcome the ethical obstacles (especially with regard to parents) for all your data, but do you need release for all the data?  Probably a couple dozen lessons will suffice for professional learning purposes.  Or, better, go collect some new data specifically for this purpose, using better equipment (the field has certainly progressed in that respect) and select teachers / topics.

I hope this helps.  I wonder what others suggest, and what have been their experiences?

Recommended: Ethnography, Language & Communication 2014 summer course

ELC Class of 2103

ELC Class of 2103

OK, I know that I’m not the most reliable source, since Julia and I are on the course team, but it’s really a fantastic course — certainly the best research methods training activity I’ve ever been involved in, as a student or tutor.  In addition to the energy and expertise of the team (Ben Rampton, Jeff Bezemer, Jan Blommaert, Carey Jewitt, Celia Roberts, alongside Julia and me), the course always attracts excellent students and post-doctoral researchers, from around the world, and from a broad range of disciplinary and professional fields.  Finally, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than on the London South Bank in July.  Hope to see you there.


Comments are now available

I think I’ve figured out how to turn commenting on on all new posts.  (If you can see a comment field on this post it’s working.)  Feel free to leave a note, or write to us directly.  In order to avoid spam, we’re moderating all comments, so it may take a little while for your comment to appear — unless your comment is about how you make $5000 dollars a day surfing the internet, or need our bank account details to get money out of Nigeria, in which case we may delete it.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Getting close!



It looks like this long slog — we completed the book proposal almost four years ago — is close to completion.  We have finished the analysis, the writing, eliciting and commenting on commentaries, the artwork, copyright, revising the title (more times than I can count), the proof-reading, the video anonymisation, the index, the web-site — we’ve finally arrived at the marketing stage.  I’m pleased to present the following flyer, which includes a code for 20% discount.  Tell your friends, colleagues and librarians.  The book will follow soon!


About the ‘continuing the conversation’ page

In this section we invite readers to add their voices to the conversation about the epidodes, dialogic pedagogy classroom practice, and teacher learning. Let us and others know what you think. Send us your comments and we will post them, along with our thoughts, once a week.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Adam and Julia