Jesse Pirini

Jesse Pirini Auckland University of Technology

Jesse Pirini completed a BSc in Neuroscience and a BCom in Management at the University of Otago before working in business training. A student support role at Victoria University of Wellington led to an honours degree in social psychology which he then completed at Auckland University of Technology in the Multimodal Research Centre. Jesse’s honours work looked at business coaching sessions, and focussed specifically on the interaction, and how a successful coaching conversation is co-produced. His PhD, also through the Multimodal Research Centre at AUT, is looking at high school tutoring sessions, asking how students learn to talk about, think about and act upon new knowledge. He uses a lot of video in his research, and will record about 20 hours of one-to-one tutoring, and follow-up discussions. Jesse aims to make a strong theoretical and methodological contribution to the field of multimodal interaction analysis, which considers all the modes in use during social interaction.

Jesse also runs Pencilcase Tutoring where he recruits, trains and manages tutors who provide one-to-one support to high school students. The obvious synergy between the PhD and the business is invaluable. Jesse also mentors students in the School of Communication at AUT, and is working on developing a tutor training programme that will be able to be used internationally. In 2014 Jesse will deliver some of his preliminary findings at a range of conferences around the world, and plans to complete his thesis in 2015.

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