How the “Machinery” of Sense Production Changes Over Time

  • Timothy Koschmann
  • Robert Sigley
  • Alan Zemel
  • Carolyn Maher


In the current chapter, we seek to document how differences in practice across different occasions can in some cases evidence change in the underlying “machinery” of sense production and, in this way, demonstrate a change in member competence. We track two students, Dana and Stephanie, as they work through a mathematical story problem, first in the second grade and then again in the third. We argue that changes over time to the “machinery” of sense production constitute changes in what counts as competence and studying such changes represents a valid approach to producing a “developmental sociology”. And, in this way, we seek to show how change across time can be studied in an ethnomethodologically informed fashion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Koschmann
    • 1
  • Robert Sigley
    • 2
  • Alan Zemel
    • 3
  • Carolyn Maher
    • 4
  1. 1.Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.Texas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.University at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  4. 4.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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