I am writing an R package and am in need of a discourse data set (a classroom transcript) that I can publicly include. Quantitative data sets are a dime a dozen but getting a hold of a classroom (school) transcript that can be cited and reused is proving to be very difficult.

Does anyone know of a publicly available classroom transcript that I could use? Format does not matter (word, excel, handwritten, pdf etc).

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    I think this is on topic, but my guess is that this would probably be nigh impossible because of issues involving getting consent from all of the students' families. Is there any reason it has to be from a (real) classroom? Perhaps you could work with a local school to gather the data? Other guesses would be, look for materials directed at teachers -- perhaps they have examples of scenes in a classroom? -- or documentaries/films.
    – user325
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 1:52
  • Yes I've run into this issue because of IRB approval but I don't understand why there are not complete transcripts available , as they are de-identified. Many quantitative sets are available from classroom studies but not de-identified discourse. The documentaries may be a valid approach I hadn't thought of. I'd open this up to video/audio recordings of discourse (I'd prefer a complete lesson) and I'd transcribe. Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 3:57
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    The University of Michigan compiled and transcribed an audio corpus of classes, discussions, office hours, etc. -- all of the linguistic interaction contexts -- that took place on campus in the late 1990s. It's called MICASE -- The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English.
    – jlawler
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 15:07
  • The twelfth text in the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English is a classroom transcript as well. Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 4:31

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A good starting point for the search for such kind of resources is the CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory (VLO). Alas, a naive search for "classroom transcript" gives only five hits at the time of this writing, and all the resources seem to be under some non-free licence. Try some variation in the search terms to find a suitable transcript.

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