Introduction to the Jefferson system of transcription
This one day course is a contemporary working introduction to the specialist Jefferson system for producing detailed transcripts of talk-in-interaction for social research. The course uses a blend of formal lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises and expert feedback.
Participants will learn about the development of the Jefferson system - the art of “technically trapping” conversation - commonly used in conversation analytic research and be familiar with Jeffersonian transcription conventions. By the end of the course participants will have gained experience in carefully observing talk-in-interaction. Importantly they will also have gained knowledge and practical skills in how to apply the standard conventions to transcribe recordings of naturalistic talk either in their own projects or to support the analytic process for other qualitative researchers.
This course is led by Dr Rebecca Barnes, and a team of experienced and approachable tutors. It is open to anyone who would like to understand the central elements behind the Jefferson system of transcription, how it differs from standard orthographic (verbatim) or ‘play-script’ transcripts, and to develop their own practical skills in using it to transcribe recordings of naturalistic talk. Participants do not need to have any previous experience, skills or knowledge, although involvement in, or future ambitions towards using the system would make the course more relevant.
Please note that some of the teaching sessions for this online course will involve you participating in live, interactive Zoom sessions, which will fall between the hours of 09:00 GMT and 17:00 UK time. We are very happy to welcome bookings wherever you are internationally, but please make sure that you are able to attend video calls between these hours. Quite a bit of our teaching involves group work and the use of Zoom breakout rooms, because we believe this is the best and most effective way to teach qualitative research methods – (plus this ensures that you get plenty of opportunity to ask our qualitative experts questions!)
- What is Jeffersonian transcription and how does it differ from other approaches?
- How to use the Jefferson system to transcribe naturalistic data.
- Practicum and feedback.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Recall the history and central elements of the standard Jefferson system of transcription
- Recognise the most common conventions used in Jeffersonian transcription
- Apply practical skills in using the Jefferson system to transcribe recordings of talk-in-interaction
- Experienced, approachable tutors who actively engage with the Jefferson system
- Access to slides, resources, software and data for you to work with
- Information on further relevant reading, training opportunities and events
Next course: TBC
Course fee: TBC
Total places: TBC
Venue: Online Course
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Oxford Qualitative Courses
This highly-regarded programme of short courses, led by Dr Charlotte Albury, is delivered by a team of qualitative researchers from Oxford’s Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group. The group have run successful interviewing and analysis courses for over ten years alongside their qualitative research focusing on personal experiences of health conditions. Many of the findings from this research, together with supported video, audio and text extracts, form the multi-award winning patient experience website heathtalk.org. The group has expanded to include qualitative researchers studying health services and care delivery, and methodologists at the forefront of developing qualitative methods. Our portfolio of research and expertise in methods informs local, national and international healthcare policy and research.