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"We are a team, we are a family" : Working, Connecting, and Community-Building Through Language in a College Student Dance Organization

Author:
O'Malley, Margaret Whitney
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Degree Supervisor:
Amy Kyratzis
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2014
Issued Date:
2014
Topics:
Education, Higher and Sociology, Sociolinguistics
Keywords:
Higher education
College experience
Peer interactions
Student organizations
Language socialization
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014
Description:

College students can experience a lack of social integration into college life (Tinto 1993). Heath and her colleagues (Heath 1998; Heath & McLaughlin 1993a), taking a language socialization perspective (Ochs & Schieffelin 2012), found that younger, inner-city youth aged 5-18 years derived many benefits from participating in community youth-based organizations around sports, dance, dramatic arts, and other activities. As youth engaged in collaborative work with peers and adults leaders within these organizations, they learned and later took up linguistic structures that reflected "planning ahead" as well as verbal practices that displayed connection (Heath 1998). The present study uses a language socialization (Ochs & Schieffelin 1984; Heath 1998) perspective, and also a perspective informed by work on peers socializing one another (Goodwin & Kyratzis 2012; Eder 1993) to examine the grammatical and discourse structures used in the everyday peer interactions of members of a student-run dance organization at a large university during their dance practices, and also interviews the youth. During practices, group members used grammatical structures for planning ahead to future outcomes (e.g., if-then constructions), and also used verbal practices for displaying connection (Heath 1998). In the interviews, they reported deriving several benefits from membership in the dance organization, including deriving a sense of family and of being a part of something greater than themselves. Findings are discussed in terms of language socialization theory as well as implications for higher education policies and practice.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (162 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3154f7v
ISBN:
9781321568332
Catalog System Number:
990045118700203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Margaret O'Malley
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