Collaborative Problem Solving: lessons in learning from the carpenters workbench

Collaborative Problem Solving: lessons in learning from the carpenters workbench

Anthropology Seminar Series Speaker invited by Knowing From the Inside Project to talk about his project related research:-

Trevor HJ Marchand,
Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS

Collaborative Problem Solving: lessons in learning from the carpenter’s workbench

The paper presents a detailed exploration of how mistakes are identified and problems solved at the carpenter’s workbench. My observations and analysis focus on one example from among the many one-on-one sessions between trainees and fine woodwork instructors I video-recorded during fieldwork at the Building Crafts College in 2012-13. The day-to-day practice of sorting out slip-ups and repairing gaffes is more usually undertaken by the carpenter on their own, and in silence. But when it unfolds between two individuals, their thoughts, ideas and strategies are verbally communicated as well as practically negotiated through their coordinated – and sometimes not-so-coordinated – activities. The processes entailed in solving a problem are thereby more immediately accessible to the researcher’s observation, transcription, and analysis. Additionally, my recording of workbench sessions captured the dynamics of teaching and learning, and of communicating and interpreting techniques in language, and with the body. Trainees were not only guided through the activity of identifying the mistake(s) they had made and deciding upon a suitable remedy, but they occasionally benefitted from the instructor’s demonstrations of how to more adeptly engage with a particular handtool. In combination with material from the interviews I conducted with trainees and instructors on teaching and learning styles, the detailed account offered in the paper aims to make apparent the complexity and “thickness” of exchange that unfolds between both parties in a short period of time, and in collaboratively resolving a problem.

 

This project is a research theme related to the KFI project. The talks will be held on Thursdays in room F61 Edward Wright Building from 15.00-17.00 unless otherwise noted.

 

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