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Dr Karin Tusting

Dr Karin Tusting

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language

Engagement with material texts, including digital texts, is one of the central ways in which the social world is co-ordinated, shaping people's identities and experiences as well as the social relations within which they are situated.  I am interested in developing better understandings of these processes through detailed local studies of people's engagements with texts in specific settings, situating myself within literacy studies and linguistic ethnography.  Most recently, these interests have led me to study workplace paperwork and vernacular learning online.  Previously I have analysed the role of literacy practices in identity construction in a parish community, and worked in adult literacy research as part of a team exploring relationships between lives and learning.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral students working in literacy studies, including workplace literacies, academic literacies, audit cultures and accountability, digital literacy practices, literacy practices in religious communities, and adult literacy; linguistic ethnography; communities of practice and situated learning; institutional ethnography; and discourse analysis.

Current Teaching

In term 1 of 2016-17 I am on sabbatical and so not teaching.  In term 2 of 2016-17 I am teaching on and convening Ling200/301 (dissertation preparation module), Ling307 Language and Identity, and Ling401 Research Methods.

Research Interests

I am interested in how contemporary social practices are almost always mediated in some way through interaction with written texts of many kinds, including electronic texts. My work studies various aspects of this textual mediation process, drawing on linguistic ethnographic methodologies to study literacy practices.

At the moment I have a particular interest in workplace practices, paperwork demands, and the impact of these on people's lives and identities. I am Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded research project "The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation: Academics' Writing Practices in the Contemporary University Workplace". My previous ESRC-funded research explored the impact of centralised paperwork demands in two educational workplaces: an adult education college and a nursery.  

Previously, I was a member of research teams working on the Adult Learners' Lives project, an ethnographic study of the relationship between learning and other aspects of people's lives; the Kendal project, a study using multiple qualitative methods to explore trends and shifts in religious and spiritual belief and practice in the town of Kendal in the Lake District; and the Interculture Project, a study of undergraduates' intercultural experiences during their period of residence abroad. My doctoral research examined the role of written text in constructing and maintaining community identity in a Catholic parish.

I have published on accountability paperwork, extending the concept of communities of practice, models of adult learning, creativity in everyday literacy practices, community-based local literacies research, time and the new literacy studies, the legitimation of cultural generalisations through appeal to personal experience, and French text analysis.  I am currently convenor of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum.

2016

Writing disciplines: producing disciplinary knowledge in the context of contemporary higher education

Tusting, K. P. & Barton, D. P. 16/11/2016 In: Ibérica: Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes. 32, Fall 2016, p. 15-34 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Summary Report on "Literacy development with deaf communities using sign language, peer tuition, and learner-generated online content: sustainable educational innovation”

Zeshan, U., Huhua Fan, R., Gillen, J., Panda, S., Papen, U., Tusting, K. P., Waller, D. & Webster, J. 24/10/2016 Preston: University of Central Lancashire.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

The role of relationships in academic writing and identity

McCulloch, S. A., Tusting, K. P. & Barton, D. P. 2/07/2016

Research output: Contribution to conference Conference paper

Academics' experiences of networked professional learning

Tusting, K. P., McCulloch, S. A. & Hamilton, M. E. 10/05/2016 Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning 2016. Cranmer, S., Dohn, N. B., de Laat, M., Ryberg, T. & Sime, J. A. (eds.). Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 422-431 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Who has the power to act in the world?: social responsibility, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper

Tusting, K. 21/04/2016 Discourse and responsibility in professional settings. Östman, J-O. & Solin, A. (eds.). London: Equinox, (Studies in Communication in Organizations and Professions)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2015

Workplace literacies and audit society

Tusting, K. 08/2015 Linguistic ethnography: interdisciplinary explorations. Snell, J., Shaw, S. & Copland, F. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, (Palgrave Advances in Language and Linguistics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

I am a peacemaker: writing as a space for recontextualising children's identity in a Catholic First Communion preparation course

Tusting, K. 07/2015 In: Written Communication. 32, 3, p. 227-253 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

Who has the power to act in the world?: social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper

Tusting, K. 2014 In: Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 9, 3, p. 425-450 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Literacy studies as linguistic ethnography

Tusting, K. 2013 15 p.(Working papers in urban language and literacies)

Research output: Working paper

2012

Form-filling, power and the ILP: tensions and tutor strategies in one adult literacy classroom

Varey, S. & Tusting, K. 09/2012 More powerful literacies. Hamilton, M., Tett, L. & Crowther, J. (eds.). Leicester: NIACE, p. 105-116 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Literacy studies: Ethnographie de l'écrit

Tusting, K. 09/2012 L'alimentation sous contrôle: Tracer, auditer, conseiller. Bonnaud, L. & Joly, N. (eds.). Dijon: Editions Educagri, p. 28-41 14 p. (Sciences en partage)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Literacies and sites of learning

Tusting, K. 03/2012 In: Language and Education. 26, 2, p. 99-104 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Learning accountability literacies in educational workplaces: situated learning and processes of commodification

Tusting, K. 2012 In: Language and Education. 26, 2, p. 121-138 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Linguistic ethnography.

Maybin, J. & Tusting, K. 15/03/2011 The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Simpson, J. (ed.). London: Routledge, 752 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Changing lifeworlds, changing writing: how adults take on new writing practices at times of change

Burgess, A. & Tusting, K. 2011 In: RaPAL Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Eruptions of interruptions: managing tensions between writing and other tasks in a textualised childcare workplace

Tusting, K. 05/2010 The anthropology of writing: understanding textually mediated worlds. Barton, D. & Papen, U. (eds.). London: Continuum, p. 67-89 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

'I am not a "good" teacher, I don't do all their paperwork': teacher resistance to accountability demands in the English Skills for Life strategy.

Tusting, K. 2009 In: Literacy and Numeracy Studies. 17, 3, p. 6-26 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Creativity in everyday literacy practices: the contribution of an ethnographic approach.

Papen, U. & Tusting, K. 2008 In: Literacy and Numeracy Studies. 16, 1, p. 5-25 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ecologies of New Literacies: implications for education

Tusting, K. 2008 Encyclopedia of Language and Education: Ecology of Language. Creese, A., Martin, P. & Hornberger, N. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, Vol. 9, p. 3194-3206 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Learners’ experience of work.

Barton, D., Tusting, K., Hodge, R. & Appleby, Y. 2008 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Research output: Working paper

2007

Linguistic ethnography and interdisciplinarity: opening the discussion.

Tusting, K. & Maybin, J. 11/2007 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 11, 5, p. 575-583 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Linguistic Ethnography: Links, Problems and Possibilities.

Rampton, B., Maybin, J. & Tusting, K. 11/2007 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 11, 5

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Literacy, Lives and Learning.

Barton, D., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Ivanic, R. & Tusting, K. 2007 Routledge. 192 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Programmes for unemployed people since the 1970s: the changing place of language, literacy and numeracy.

Tusting, K. & Barton, D. P. 2007 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Research output: Working paper

2006

Models of adult learning: a literature review.

Tusting, K. & Barton, D. 07/2006 Leicester: NIACE.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Linking learning and everyday life: a social perspective on adult language, literacy and numeracy classes.

Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K. & Barton, D. P. 2006 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Research output: Working paper

Literacies, collaboration and context

Papen, U. & Tusting, K. 2006 The Art of English: Everyday Creativity. Maybin, J. & Swann, J. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Relating adults' lives and learning: participation and engagement in different settings.

Barton, D. P., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R., Tusting, K. & Ivanic, R. 2006 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Research output: Working paper

Relating language, literacy and numeracy teaching to adult learners' lives: a social perspective.

Barton, D. P., Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R. & Tusting, K. 2006 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

Research output: Working paper

2005

Beyond communities of practice: language, power and social context.

Barton, D. P. & Tusting, K. 2005 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 243 p. (Learning in doing)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Community-based local literacies research

Tusting, K. & Barton, D. P. 2005 Multidisciplinary perspectives on literacy research. Beach, R., Green, J., Kamil, M. & Shanahan, T. (eds.). 2nd ed. Cresskill, N. J.: Hampton Press, p. 243-263 (Language & social processes)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Language and Power in Communities of Practice

Tusting, K. 2005 Beyond Communities of Practice. Barton, D. & Tusting, K. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 243 p. (Learning in doing)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Seel, B., Tusting, K. & Szerszynski, B. 2005 Oxford: Blackwell. 204 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

Adult Learners' Lives Project: Setting the Scene.

Barton, D. P., Ivanic, R., Appleby, Y., Hodge, R. & Tusting, K. 2004 London: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Research output: Working paper

Congregational studies: taking stock

Woodhead, L., Guest, M. & Tusting, K. 2004 Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context. Guest, M., Tusting, K. & Woodhead, L. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 1-23 (Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Congregational studies in the UK: Christianity in a post-Christian context.

Guest, M., Tusting, K. & Woodhead, L. 2004 Aldershot: Ashgate. 223 p. (Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

Models of adult learning: a literature review.

Tusting, K. & Barton, D. 2003 Leicester: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, 42 p.

Research output: Working paper

2002

I know, 'cos I was there: how residence abroad students use personal experience to legitimate cultural generalisations.

Tusting, K., Crawshaw, R. & Callen, B. 09/2002 In: Discourse and Society. 13, 5, p. 651-672 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Attesting the self: Narration and identity change during periods of residence abroad.

Crawshaw, R., Callen, B. & Tusting, K. 2001 In: Language and Intercultural Communication. 1, 2, p. 101-119 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Approaching the text: a framework for text analysis

Crawshaw, R. H. & Tusting, K. 2000 Exploring French text analysis: interpretations of national identity. Crawshaw, R. & Tusting, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 33-85 53 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Exploring French Text Analysis: Interpretations of National Identity.

Crawshaw, R. (ed.) & Tusting, K. (ed.) 2000 London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Exploring narrations of intercultural encounter: methodological reflections

Crawshaw, R., Callen, B., Eppler, E. & Tusting, K. 2000 Teaching Language, Teaching Culture. McBride, N. & Seago, K. (eds.). London: CILT, p. 177-205 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Investigating intercultural encounter: factors in qualitative research

Crawshaw, R. H., Eppler, E. & Tusting, K. 2000 Intercultural learning in the modern languages curriculum.. McBride, N. & Seago, K. (eds.). London: CILT/AFLS, p. 177-205 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

New literacy studies at the interchange.

Tusting, K., Wilson, A. & Ivanic, R. 2000 Situated literacies: reading and writing in context. Barton, D., Hamilton, M. & Ivanic, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 210-218 9 p. (Literacies)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Re-inventing gastronomic heritage: 'La Brie comme autrefois'

Crawshaw, R. H. & Tusting, K. 2000 Exploring French text analysis: interpretations of national identity. Crawshaw, R. & Tusting, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 76-87 12 p.

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Re-writing the French Revolution

Crawshaw, R. H. & Tusting, K. 2000 Exploring French text analysis: intepretations of national identity. Crawshaw, R. & Tusting, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 166-190 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Style discourse and choice

Crawshaw, R. H. & Tusting, K. 2000 Exploring French text analysis: interpretations of national identity. Crawshaw, R. & Tusting, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 3-31 29 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Text and national identity

Crawshaw, R. H. & Tusting, K. 2000 Exploring French text analysis: interpretations of national identity. Crawshaw, R. & Tusting, K. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 193-199 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The New Literacy Studies and Time: an exploration

Tusting, K. 2000 Situated Literacies: Reading and Writing in Context. Barton, D., Hamilton, M. & Ivanic, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 35-53 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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