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QQML 2012 - PhD Research The Mutual Shaping of Social Media, Learning Experiences, and Literacies: The Methods Revisited

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'The Mutual Shaping of Social Media, Learning Experiences, and Literacies: The Methods Revisited' as presented in the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries
Limerick (Ireland), May 25, 2012

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  • 1. 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Limerick (Ireland), May 25, 2012The Mutual Shaping of Social Media, Learning Experiences, and Literacies: The Methods Revisited By Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo @judamasmas This research was supported by European Social Fund’s Doctoral Studies and InternationalisationProgrammeDoRa
  • 2. Core Theories Constructivist learning (Piaget/Dewey) Critical constructivism (Kincheloe, 2005, 2008) Role of social interaction in the development of cognition (Vygotsky, 1978; Ackerman, 1996; Mayer, 2004) Dimensions of learning: cognitive, social, emotional (Illeris, 2003) Information skills: access, use, evaluation (Lau, 2006) Affinity Spaces (Gee, 2009) Participatory Action Research in Education (Freire, Fals-Borda, Whitehead &McNiff, McIntyre, Herr & Anderson)
  • 3. Brief Epistemological Assumptions The concepts of learning and knowledge are closely connected Knowledge is created through socialization (Vygotsky, 1978; Nonaka& Takeuchi, 1995) and can be discovered (Whitehead &McNiff, 2006) as people possess tacit knowledge within (Polanyi, 1958). Teachers are capable of generating personal theories by systematically studying their practice (Whitehead, 1989)
  • 4. Research QuestionsWhat significant issues, challenges and opportunities emerge when social media are integrated into learning environments in higher education?a) How do students’ experience learning when they are engaged in a learning activity that integrates social media?b) In what ways is students’ engagement dependent upon their literacies?c) In what way do learning, literacy and social media mutually shape each other?
  • 5. The Issues of Social MediaMachin-Mastromatteo (2010,2011,2012), built upon Bawden& Robinson (2009) Trust Loss of identity Emerging issues Machin-Mastromatteo(2012) Crowdsourcing Decision making  Balance of identities/voices/roles Quality control  Fast changing features Users’ satisfaction  Need for marketing SN tools Information overload  Users’ underestimation Permanence Repackaging Privacy Negative consequences
  • 6. The Concept(s) of Literacies Information Literacyas in Zurkowski (1974), Virkus (2003),Tuominen, et al.(2005), Lau (2006)… Digital Literacy (computer, ICT…)as inShapiro and Hughes (1996), Eshet-Alkalai(2004) New Literaciesas in Lankshear and Knobel (2007)Literacies New Literacies
  • 7. Method: Participatory Action Research (PAR) Self and collective reflection on the subject of study Researcher is part of and makes interventions on research Cyclical process of exploration, knowledge construction and action through questioning, reflecting, investigating, developing plan implementing, refining, questioning… (McIntyre, 2008)PAR is a philosophy of life as much as a method, a sentiment as much as a conviction (Fals- Borda, 1997) PAR leads researchers into unfamiliar pathways… think in new ways… generating provocative new ideas. (Whyte, Greenwood, & Lazes, 1989)
  • 8. Participants LIS Master Divided in groups Pilot Study (2011), Final Study (2012)
  • 9. Collection of Data Diagnostic Questionnaire Blog Social Learners’ Input  ClassDiscussions  Blog  Social Media Sites  Social Learners’ Reports 2nd Questionnaire Interview
  • 10. Stages of Research / Assignments 1 Introduction Diagnostic Questionnaire / Action Research / Methods / Literacies / SM 2 Access 3 Use 4 Evaluation Issues of SM User practices SM in organizations Content curation Information needs SM inlibraries Creation of SM sites Location / Selection Evaluation ofSM Tool integration Accessibility issues 5 Wrap up 2nd Questionnaire / Interviews Assignments:  Individual reflection on own use of SM (2)  Create social site for an information service (3)  Evaluate an established social site (4), revisit (3)
  • 11. Thank you!!machin@tlu.eejudamasmas@gmail.com@judamasmashttp://judamasmas.tumblr.comwww.judamasmas.com

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