Department of Sociology
Office: EC 219
Courses Regularly Taught
Introduction to Sociology
"Error-Correction Techniques and Sequences in Instructional Settings: Toward a Comparative Framework", Human Studies, 8 (1985), pp. 195-233.
"The Microsociology of Everyday Life", chapter in Sylvia M. Hale, Controversies in Sociology: A Canadian Introduction, Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1990.
"Musical Time as a Practical Accomplishment: A Change in Tempo", Human Studies, 13 (1990), pp. 323-359.
"The Quest for Reasonableness and Reasoning in a Mathematics Lesson". Occasional Paper, Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, November, 1994
"Current Educational Reform Initiatives in New Brunswick". Our Schools/Our Selves, 7 (1): 83-102. (September, 1995).
"Humour in Conversation: A Missing Component to be Taken Seriously?". Review Essay in Human Studies, 19: 129-135. (January, 1996).
"Interpretive Perspectives on Education", incorporated as a section of a chapter in the revised edition of Dr. Sylvia Hale's textbook, Controversies in Sociology, Toronto: Copp Clark, 1995.
"Synchrony Lost, Synchrony Regained: The Achievement of Musical Co-ordination", Human Studies, 19: 199-228 (April, 1996).
"A Rehearsal of a Beethoven Passage: An Analysis of Its Correction Talk". Research on Language and Social Interaction, 29(3), 247-290 (Fall, 1996).
"Performative Error-Correction in Music: A Problem for Ethnomethodological Description", Human Studies, 25: 359-385 (2002)
Review of Tia DeNora's After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology. American Journal of Sociology, 111: 1824-5 (July, 2005).
My research employs the framework of Ethnomethodology, the detailed analysis of people's practices of making sense and constructing their activities in the light of those interpretive practices. I apply this to collective music-making and also classroom interaction.
Communication via the mass media and the new information technologies -- particularly their content as analyzed using semiotics and Marshall McLuhan's perspectives.
The arts, culture, and society, especially music and photography.