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4th International Conference on Qualitative                        and Quantitative Methods in Libraries                  ...
Core Theories   Constructivist learning (Piaget/Dewey)   Critical constructivism (Kincheloe, 2005, 2008)   Role of soci...
Brief Epistemological Assumptions   The concepts of learning and knowledge are closely connected   Knowledge is created ...
Research QuestionsWhat significant issues, challenges and opportunities emerge when social   media are integrated into lea...
The Issues of Social MediaMachin-Mastromatteo (2010,2011,2012), built upon Bawden& Robinson (2009)   Trust   Loss of ide...
The Concept(s) of Literacies Information Literacyas in Zurkowski (1974), Virkus (2003),Tuominen, et al.(2005), Lau (2006)...
Method: Participatory Action             Research (PAR)   Self and collective reflection on the subject of study   Resea...
Participants   LIS Master   Divided in groups   Pilot Study (2011), Final Study (2012)
Collection of Data   Diagnostic Questionnaire   Blog   Social Learners’ Input          ClassDiscussions          Blog...
Stages of Research / Assignments                                       1 Introduction          Diagnostic Questionnaire / ...
Thank you!!machin@tlu.eejudamasmas@gmail.com@judamasmashttp://judamasmas.tumblr.comwww.judamasmas.com
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Limerick (Ireland), May 25, 2012

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Participants LIS Master Divided in groups Pilot Study (2011), Final Study (2012)
  9. 9. Collection of Data Diagnostic Questionnaire Blog Social Learners’ Input  ClassDiscussions  Blog  Social Media Sites  Social Learners’ Reports 2nd Questionnaire Interview
  10. 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. 11. Thank you!!machin@tlu.eejudamasmas@gmail.com@judamasmashttp://judamasmas.tumblr.comwww.judamasmas.com
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