Word-work is sublime… because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference – the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
~Toni Morrison in
Nobel Lecture, December 7, 1993
The Center for Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis in Educational Research (CVEDA) supports research, scholarship, and dialogue on language, culture, social processes, literacy, and learning across educational settings through video ethnography and discourse analysis.
CVEDA embraces a broad range of perspectives. It seeks to build and support communities of scholars who learn from each other, gaining insights for their own research, and appreciating others’ initiatives. Our vision is for these communities to actively address some of the world’s most intractable problems through Discourse Analysis, Video Ethnography and a shared commitment to rigorous inquiry.
CVEDA is part of the Department of Teaching and Learning of the College of Education and Human Ecology of The Ohio State University. The Center for Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis in Educational Research opened its doors in September 2011 and builds on a rich, deep history.
Why discourse analysis in education?
Every interaction is full of meanings—obvious and not-so-obvious. Within a classroom, those meanings can have profound influences on learning and development. Video Ethnography and Discourse Analysis can be used to reveal and unpack meanings and possibilities for learning, mutuality and asserting human dignity.
In addition to supporting researchers, CVEDA encourages classroom theachers from preschool through university to incorporate discourse analysis and video ethnography as part of their (and their students’) intellectual toolkits. Here are resources especially for teachers.
Studying Discourse Analysis at OSU
A variety of graduate courses in Discourse Analysis are available and a program of doctoral studies in Language, Education, and Society offers active scholars and classroom teachers opportunities to expand their own knowledge.
Affiliating with CVEDA
If you choose to affiliate with CVEDA, we also offer technical support with:
- video and audio recording equipment
- editing and analysis software
- data storage
- other resources
A supportive community of scholarship depends on active involvement. There are many ways to support CVEDA.