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Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces
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Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces



© 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Qualitative researchers have grappled with how online inquiry shifts research procedures such as gaining access to spaces, communicating with participants, and obtaining informed consent. Drawing on a multimethod approach, Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces explores how to design and conduct diverse studies in online environments. The book focuses on formal and informal learning practices that occur in evolving online spaces. The text shows researchers how they can draw upon a variety of theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and data sources. Examples of qualitative research in online spaces, along with guiding questions, support readers at every phase of the research process. 
 
Chapter 1: What Is Online Learning and How Is It Informed by Qualitative Research
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Mediated Spaces and Online Learning  
Making Pragmatic Choices about Methods  
Choosing among Qualitative Traditions  
Qualitative Approaches  
Research Paradigms and Philosophical Stances in a Study's Design  
Pragmatic Research and Remix: Considering Multimethod Approaches  
Remix  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 2: What Kinds of Online Spaces Exist?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Conceptualizing Online Spaces as Field Sites  
Defining the Field Site  
Understanding Networked Field Sites  
Learning in Social Networking Forums  
Mapping Networked Field Sites  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 3: How Do We Conceptualize Learning in Online Spaces?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Using Learning Theory as a Tool fro Research Design  
Complementary and Contradictory Theories of Learning  
Theories of Learning  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 4: What Does It Mean to Be a Qualitative Researcher of Online Spaces?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Aspects of Researching Online Meaning Making  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 5: What Methodological Tools Are Available for Data Collection?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Establishing Trustworthiness  
Trustworthiness and Analytic Openness  
Data Sources  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 6: What Tools are Available for Data Analysis?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Moving from Data Collection to Analysis  
Considering Data Analysis in Networked Field Sites  
Innovation with Methods  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 7: What Is Ethical Research?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
Research Ethics and Policies across Multiple Contexts  
The Public versus the Private Web  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  
 
Chapter 8: How Might Research Change in New Times?
Guiding Questions  
Introduction  
The Complicated Nature of Studying Learning in Online Spaces  
(Re)Imagining Research Techniques  
Shifting Cultures, Shifting Boundaries  
Conclusion  
Connecting to Your Work  

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ISBN: 9781483333847
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