In this chapter, we study face-to-face meetings between students and supervisors, where the focus of the meeting is supervision of academic writing. The aim of the study is to examine how students and supervisors in Sweden and Finland collaborate in order to improve the students’ texts and to discuss academic writing. Using conversation analysis, we study videorecorded, naturally occurring interactions. Our analysis shows that supervisors and students perform a variety of collaborative actions, initiated by both students and supervisors, such as co-construction of turns, recycling of co-participants’ turns, telling of second stories, and joint production of text units. The findings of the study highlight that participation roles in the institutional interactions studied are complex and dynamic, and that the combination of both the students’ subject expertise and the supervisors’ academic expertise enable mutual understanding of the texts and topics under discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKlassrumsforskning och språk(ande) - Classroom research and language/languaging : Rapport från ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12–13 april, 2018
EditorsBirgitta Ljung Egeland, Tim Roberts, Erica Sandlund, Pia Sundqvist
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationKarlstad
PublisherKarlstads universitet
Publication date1 Jun 2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-87884-27-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventASLA 2018: The biennial symposium of the Swedish Association of Applied Linguistics (ASLA) - Karlstad university, Karlstad, Sweden
Duration: 12 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameASLA:s skriftserie
ISSN (Print)1100-5629

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 6121 Languages

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