Autoethnographic reflections of a learner as a chance-seeker.

Emanuele Bardone
bardone@tlu.ee
A bit of background for this study
How the learner builds his/her own
modus operandi
from the viewpoint of chance-seeking
...
Autoethnography: how and why
Autoethnography in a nutshell
“Auto-ethnographers-as-authors frame their accounts with person...
Rahvaülikool, Tartu
100% traditional course
Estonian course for beginners
Data collected refer to the first 9 weeks
23 sep...
What does a learner as a chance-seeker know (or
assume to know) before he go about learning a
new language?
Do this work for me?
How do I know it?
Do this work for me? How? How do I know it?

At the moment I don’t and can’t know it
What I knew before I started
Being not just a passenger
The sense of being overwhelmed: too many
unfamiliar words
Hoping t...
...when life gives you lemon, make lemonade.
or...make use of whatever comes in handy
ups!
When life gives lemon, make lemonade but also limoncello.....

pre-existing habit
pre-existing resources
Why and when do I take pictures? Does that
respond to a particular “logic”?
Chance encounters resonate with some
previous ...
Tinkering.....
Emergence of new, unpredicted ways for practicing beyond
traditional ones
Tinkering on previous habits
Keep tinkering....
One thing leads to another...
Once a new habit has emerged, it may
be purposefully adopted in other cases
to make chance-s...
Compounds: pay for one, get two
chance encounters.....on Tartu-Tallinn Bus
when I see that something works, I keep on trying...
re-appropriation by modification
Sense-making
Chances that haven’t turned out particularly
useful (yet?)....
Some conclusions to draw
The one who never explores things for himself never appropriate
What one can do is always subordi...
aitäh teile!
Õppida on mõnus!
Some conclusions to draw
The one who never tries never learns
What one can do is always subordinated to pre-existing resou...
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
"Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker
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  • Whatever attracts my attention for whatever reasons
  • constraint!
  • Whatever attracts my attention for whatever reasons
  • traditional exercises are mostly de-contextualized, therefore boring
  • something attracted my attention - reverse process
  • tentative dimension....in due course...
  • "Ma õpin eesti keelt" [I'm learning Estonian]. Autoethnographical reflections of a learner as a chance seeker

    1. 1. Autoethnographic reflections of a learner as a chance-seeker. Emanuele Bardone bardone@tlu.ee
    2. 2. A bit of background for this study How the learner builds his/her own modus operandi from the viewpoint of chance-seeking instrumentalization agenda setting forward-looking tentative appropriative sense-making
    3. 3. Autoethnography: how and why Autoethnography in a nutshell “Auto-ethnographers-as-authors frame their accounts with personal reflexive views of the self. Their ethnographic data are situated within their personal experience and sense making. They themselves form part of the representational processes in which they are engaging and are part of the story they are telling.” (Atkinson, Coffey, and Delamont (2003) Why is it salient for chance-seeking? Chance-seeking as as first-hand experience Accessibility Basis for formulating more precise research questions and objectives
    4. 4. Rahvaülikool, Tartu 100% traditional course Estonian course for beginners Data collected refer to the first 9 weeks 23 sept-18 dec 60 contact hours, twice a week No final test
    5. 5. What does a learner as a chance-seeker know (or assume to know) before he go about learning a new language?
    6. 6. Do this work for me? How do I know it?
    7. 7. Do this work for me? How? How do I know it? At the moment I don’t and can’t know it
    8. 8. What I knew before I started Being not just a passenger The sense of being overwhelmed: too many unfamiliar words Hoping to get better - the need for a change
    9. 9. ...when life gives you lemon, make lemonade. or...make use of whatever comes in handy
    10. 10. ups!
    11. 11. When life gives lemon, make lemonade but also limoncello..... pre-existing habit
    12. 12. pre-existing resources
    13. 13. Why and when do I take pictures? Does that respond to a particular “logic”? Chance encounters resonate with some previous habits, interests, etc.. no matter how relevant they are and with no foresight into the future
    14. 14. Tinkering.....
    15. 15. Emergence of new, unpredicted ways for practicing beyond traditional ones
    16. 16. Tinkering on previous habits
    17. 17. Keep tinkering....
    18. 18. One thing leads to another... Once a new habit has emerged, it may be purposefully adopted in other cases to make chance-seeking a bit less “blind”
    19. 19. Compounds: pay for one, get two
    20. 20. chance encounters.....on Tartu-Tallinn Bus
    21. 21. when I see that something works, I keep on trying...
    22. 22. re-appropriation by modification
    23. 23. Sense-making
    24. 24. Chances that haven’t turned out particularly useful (yet?)....
    25. 25. Some conclusions to draw The one who never explores things for himself never appropriate What one can do is always subordinated to pre-existing resources. Never the other way around. Complex ecologies provide more chance encounters Resonation provides the first basis for experiencing meaningfulness Previous habits/skills/knowledge are co-opted via resonating with chance encounters for creating new habits/skills/knowledge Emergence of more purposeful strategies for habit formation in due course
    26. 26. aitäh teile! Õppida on mõnus!
    27. 27. Some conclusions to draw The one who never tries never learns What one can do is always subordinated to pre-existing resources. Never the other way around. Complex environments provide more chance encounters Resonation provides the first basis for experiencing meaningfulness Previous habits/skills/knowledge are co-opted via resonating with chance encounters for creating new habits/skills/knowledge Emergence of more purposeful strategies for habit formation in due course

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