Learning Discourse

Learning Biographies, Embedded Speech and Discourse Identity in Students’ Talk

by Rob Evans (Author)
©2005 Thesis 264 Pages


This book looks at students at a German university talking about their education and learning experiences. The discourses of learning and identity in the talk, collected in in-depth ethnographic interviews to form a digital language corpus, are investigated with a combination of conversation, discourse, and qualitative data analysis. The study demonstrates the significance of narratives in the construction of students’ coherent learning biographies. It shows too how the interactive work of «doing being a student» uses language – including the «embedded speech» of others – organized as recognizable learning discourses, and illustrates the practical value of language corpora for educational biography research and for understanding current Higher Education learning processes.


ISBN (Softcover)
Student Selbstbild Deutsch Einbettung (Linguistik) Erziehungswissenschaft Soziologie Soziolinguistik Interkulturelle Pragmatik Deutschland Biographisches Interview
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 262 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Rob Evans (Author)

The Author: Rob Evans, born in London, studied Russian language and literature, Slavonic languages, East European and Far Eastern history at the Universities of Leeds, Brno, Leningrad, and Tübingen. His first degree is from the University of Leeds. After an extended period of work in adult, further and higher education, he took up academic studies again, gaining an M.A. and a Doctorate in Education with the Open University, Milton Keynes. He has lived and worked outside the United Kingdom since 1977, in Germany, Italy and most recently in Cairo.


Title: Learning Discourse