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CALL Research Paradigms

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is a primary charge of the LRC and consequently comprises a significant amount of our research activities. The LRC is particularly interested in the role of emerging technologies as a means of fostering new language pedagogical frameworks through new, nonlinear and post-cognitive frameworks and approaches.

The term "post-cognitive" is an outgrowth of critiques of the cognitive paradigm. These critiques largely focus on the reliance of cognitive paradigms on computational processing models as a way of understanding human thought and activity. A common set of approaches that is beginning to emerge in reaction to cognitive paradigms are based on the predication that human interactions are situated and improvised, not pre-scripted and rule-bound. The way that one researches interaction as an emergent (rather than prescribed) activity is radically different, and these frameworks are still being worked out.

The LRC is especially interested in working with faculty who are engaged in exploring how fields such as ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, activity theory, and others inform praxis in the physical and virtual realms where language and culture learning are taking place. If you're interested, arrange to meet with Dr. Canfield, who is always ready to assist you.