Caroline Coffin
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Biography <p>Caroline Coffin is a Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics and a member of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. Together with Philip Seargeant she is co-convenor of the<a href="http://www8.open.ac.uk/creet/main/research-themes/language-and-literacies/educational-dialogue-research-unit" target="_blank">Language and Communication Research Unit</a>within the<a href="http://creet.open.ac.uk/" target="_blank">Centre for Research into Education and Educational Technology</a>.</p><p>Caroline&#39;s&nbsp;main research focus is analysing how language works in a wide range of educational and social contexts. Taking a<em>Language as Social Semiotic</em>approach she is particularly interested in using<a href="http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/index.html" rel="nofollow">the tools of systemic functional linguistics</a>and corpus linguistics to investigate disciplinary meaning making, computer mediated dialogue and argumentation. She has been funded by a wide range of organisations including the ESRC, HEA, DfeS, and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education, the NSW Education and Training Foundation, and the Department of Ethnic Affairs, Australia. Prior to joining the Open University she lectured at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and has also been based in Laos and Indonesia as a member of international teaching and development projects. From 2006&ndash; 2013 she served on the executive committee of the<a href="http://www.baal.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)</a>, first as member and then as secretary. From 2009 -2013 she served as the BAAL representative&nbsp;on the&nbsp;(National)<a href="http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/ec/clietop.htm" rel="nofollow">Committee&nbsp;for Linguistics&nbsp;in Education (CLIE)</a>.</p><p>Caroline is an editorial board member of<em>Applied Linguistics, Functional Linguistics</em>and<em>Writing and Pedagogy</em>and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. She co- edited a Special Edition of the journal&lsquo;International Journal of Research and Method in Education&rsquo; on new directions and methods in researching argumentation in educational contexts (in 2008) and a Special Issue of the&nbsp;&lsquo;Journal of English for Academic Purposes&rsquo; on Researching Academic Literacy (Perspectives from Systemic Functional Linguistics and Academic Literacies) in 2012.</p><p>For over a decade Caroline has been regularly invited to act as a keynote speaker including at conferences in Argentina, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, Lebanon, Norway, Pakistan, Spain and the UK.</p>
Description <p>Caroline Coffin is a Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics and a member of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. Together with Philip Seargeant she is co-convenor of the<a href="http://www8.open.ac.uk/creet/main/research-themes/language-and-literacies/educational-dialogue-research-unit" target="_blank">Language and Communication Research Unit</a>within the<a href="http://creet.open.ac.uk/" target="_blank">Centre for Research into Education and Educational Technology</a>.</p><p>Caroline&#39;s&nbsp;main research focus is analysing how language works in a wide range of educational and social contexts. Taking a<em>Language as Social Semiotic</em>approach she is particularly interested in using<a href="http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/index.html" rel="nofollow">the tools of systemic functional linguistics</a>and corpus linguistics to investigate disciplinary meaning making, computer mediated dialogue and argumentation. She has been funded by a wide range of organisations including the ESRC, HEA, DfeS, and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education, the NSW Education and Training Foundation, and the Department of Ethnic Affairs, Australia. Prior to joining the Open University she lectured at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and has also been based in Laos and Indonesia as a member of international teaching and development projects. From 2006&ndash; 2013 she served on the executive committee of the<a href="http://www.baal.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)</a>, first as member and then as secretary. From 2009 -2013 she served as the BAAL representative&nbsp;on the&nbsp;(National)<a href="http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/ec/clietop.htm" rel="nofollow">Committee&nbsp;for Linguistics&nbsp;in Education (CLIE)</a>.</p><p>Caroline is an editorial board member of<em>Applied Linguistics, Functional Linguistics</em>and<em>Writing and Pedagogy</em>and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. She co- edited a Special Edition of the journal&lsquo;International Journal of Research and Method in Education&rsquo; on new directions and methods in researching argumentation in educational contexts (in 2008) and a Special Issue of the&nbsp;&lsquo;Journal of English for Academic Purposes&rsquo; on Researching Academic Literacy (Perspectives from Systemic Functional Linguistics and Academic Literacies) in 2012.</p><p>For over a decade Caroline has been regularly invited to act as a keynote speaker including at conferences in Argentina, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, Lebanon, Norway, Pakistan, Spain and the UK.</p>
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Research overview <p>Caroline&rsquo;s current research interests include:</p><ul><li>a Language as Social Semiotic approach to knowledge construction, learning and communication (including in&nbsp;multilingual contexts)</li><li>the linguistic analysis of disciplinary meaning making (specialising in History, Health and Social Care and more recently Maths, Computing and Technology )</li><li>the investigation of digital technologies</li><li>the nature and role of argumentation</li><li>methodologies for exploring language use (particularly the combination of systemic functional linguistic analysis and corpus based investigations).</li><li>applying research findings to educational contexts</li></ul><p><strong>&nbsp;Funded Research and Development Projects</strong></p><p><em>Continuing professional development in language across the curriculum: Investigating best practices in Hong Kong and the UK (2014 - ongoing) (The Hong Kong Polytechnic Dean Reserve Fund)</em></p><p><em>Language, Learning, Success and Retention in Maths, Computing and Technology</em>(2014-2016) (Internal Open University eSTEeM funding)</p><p>ERASMUS Multilateral Projects:<em>Modularising multilingual and multicultural academic communication competence for BA and MA level (2011-2014) (European Union funding)</em></p><p>Educational Genres in the Key Learning Areas of Maths, Science&amp; Humanities (2010 -2013) (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University General Research Funds)</p><div>Health and Social Care: a linguistics and sociology of knowledge based investigation (2011 -2013)&nbsp;(Internal, Open University CREET funded)<br /><br />A longitudinal investigation of Health and Social Care students&#39; development of written reflection on practice&nbsp;(2009 ) (Internal, Open University PEBL CETL Funding)<br /><br />Learning collaboratively through online interactive writing tasks (2010) (Internal, Open University Funding)<br />Genres in comparison: traditions, practices and policies (2009 ongoing) (Internal, Open University Funding). Linked<a href="http://www.cost-lwe.eu/" rel="nofollow">to the European Union COST ACTION IS0703 Working Group 2</a>- Improving written communication in education and in the workplace.</div><div><br /><a href="http://arguinginhistory.open.ac.uk" target="_blank">The language and discourse of argumentation in computer conferencing and essays</a>(funded by the ESRC) (see<a href="http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk</a>for published report) (2005-2006)<br /><br /><a href="http://argumentation-hsc.open.ac.uk" target="_blank">Supporting undergraduate students&#39; acquisition of academic argumentation strategies through computer conferencing</a>(funded by the HEA). (2005-2006)</div><p>Developing Academic Literacy in Context (funded by the International Links Grant Scheme, The University of Wollongong, Australia). (2006)<br /><br /><a href="http://www.thesisweb.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thesis and Dissertation web site project</a>(2003 to 2005)<br />(Visiting Professor on a project led by Professor Martha Pennington, Professor and Chair,<br />Writing and Linguistics, Georgia Southern University )<br /><br />Academic argument - the role of asynchronous electronic conferencing (2002 to 2003)<br />(Internal, Open University Funding)<br /><br />Academic argument- using new technologies to move students from collaborative to individual forms of argumentation (2001 - 2002)<br />(Internal, Open University Funding)<br /><br />IELTS 2000 project (2000 - 2001)<br />(External funding from the British Council)<br /><br />Academic Writing Online (AWO) project (1996-1998)<br />(Internal, Open University Funding)<br /><br />Teaching and Learning Strategies in Multi-ethnic Schools (1997-1998)<br />(External funding from the DFEE, UK)<br /><br />An Evaluation of the School Based Training Course for Teachers of English as a Second Language K-12. (1996)<br />(External funding from The Department for Education and Skills, NSW, Australia)<br /><br />The Write it Right Project. (1992&ndash; 1994)<br />(External funding from The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education and the NSW Education and Training Foundation, Australia)<br /><br />Communication Tasks in the Professional Workplace (1989&ndash; 1990)<br />(External funding from The Department of Ethnic Affairs, Australia)<br /><br /><strong>Current and recent doctoral supervision</strong><br /><br /><strong><strong>Sarah Jane Mukherjee</strong></strong>-&lsquo;The articulate child: An investigation into functional oral awareness of children at 4-5 years and the contribution of role play&#39;.</p><p><strong>Daniel Portman</strong>-<strong></strong>&lsquo;<em>Walking a linguistic tightrope: learner development in writing job application letters&#39;.</em></p><p><strong>John Keating</strong>-&#39;The impact of teacher and peer dialogue on online collaborative writing in two writing contexts&#39;.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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