Linguistic Ethnography and professional morality e-seminar
In June, Caroline Pelletier and Roger Kneebone are running this year’s Linguistic Ethnography Forum e-seminar with Prof Fiona Copland, from the University of Stirling, and myself acting a seminar facilitators. The paper under discussion will be Pelletier and Kneebone’s 2016 article, ‘Learning Safely from error? Re-considering the ethics of simulation-based medical education through ethnography’, Ethnography and Education, 11.3.
LEF’s e-seminar is an opportunity to identify and discuss the issues we all wrestle with as researchers interested in linguistic ethnography. It takes the form of an online discussion about one paper. Everyone can contribute: you might choose to describe the thoughts and associations it provokes; the analytic, methodological or substantive issues it raises for you; and you might also respond to and develop the points raised by others.
Thanks to the publisher’s and editor’s agreement, the paper, together with the issue of which it is a part, will be freely available on the Taylor & Francis website from 26th May 2017.
The paper is a contribution to the history of ethnographic accounts of professional morality. It examines how ‘human factors’ are taught as a subject area in hospital simulation centres, and what this teaching does in making sense of the relationship between professional knowledge and mistakes at work. Contrary to claims often made in clinical policy and literature, the analysis concludes that simulation is not a safe place to learn from failure. This is because the teaching of human factors maintains professional solidarity on an absence of identified mistakes. Attention in simulation-based clinical education should, therefore, move away from defining safety in relation to technology and focus instead on how the teaching of a new moral code creates interactional risks for both teachers and learners.
As one of the facilitators, my job will be to ensure the discussion goes in an intellectually generative direction, identifying key issues, pulling out overlooked points, and developing emerging themes. The paper’s authors will also contribute to and help to facilitate the seminar, as well as endeavour to respond to comments and thoughts on specific issues in the paper.
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