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19 11-22 sera-methods presentation

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Presentation on innovative research methods at the Scottish Education Research Association Conference, Edinburgh, November 2019.

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19 11-22 sera-methods presentation

  1. 1. Researching Digital Education socio-material and interdisciplinary ‘grids of analysis’
  2. 2. Researching Digital Education • The research site • Theoretical perspectives • Methods mix & rhizoanalysis • Where next? Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  3. 3. Researching Digital Education Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  4. 4. Researching Digital Education Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  5. 5. Researching Digital Education Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019 If this is an awful mess … then would something less messy make a mess of describing it? Law (2004, p1)
  6. 6. Theoretical perspectives Practice perspective: social & material components in performative and relational contexts (Wagner et al., 2010). Complexity: intra-actions between components such that the same components may generate different effects or outcomes as the “co-adaptation of interdependent phenomena” (Beighton, 2013, p1297). Translation: network-assemblages evolve as actors’ interests are translated to align and stabilise the network (Fenwick & Edwards, 2010, p9). Processes of translation are processes of simplification where a complex underlying network-assemblage is represented by a single actant – that is, ‘punctualised’. Twitter itself, or ‘my organisation’ or ‘the management’ or ‘the learner’ Assemblage: how specific assemblages promote particular realities while demoting others. Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  7. 7. Research questions What are the dynamics of professional community formation, learning and knowledge sharing demonstrated through the events? In what ways are power and influence generated and inscribed in the discursive practices and conversational structures of the two Twitter discussion event series? How is professional identity negotiated and performed? Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  8. 8. Methods mix Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019 …seeks to compel, relate, or explore, understanding the inherent open-endedness of this act in contextual space and time. The key would be to add transparency, acknowledging that on is engaging in sense-making rather than discovering or finding or attempting to classify in a reductionist sense (Markham 2013)
  9. 9. Methods mix Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  10. 10. Methods mix 1. Q4) Tech can speed the adoption of knowledge. If tech doesn't make it easier for ppl to learn, it's just a noisemaker 2. Advances in technology require constant vigilance of our own learning, to say nothing of that for our audiences. 3. keep on top of new tech - remember human element - adapt, adapt, adapt :) 4. We've become better connected because of technology. How can we kick that up a notch? 5. Q4 High expectations that the technology will deliver for us is a def con! it's what we do with it that matters 6. I have to promote tech for learning AND reign in ridiculous tech plans at the same time. 7. People are looking for the clicky-clicky-bling-bling to impress others instead of solving problems. Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  11. 11. Methods mix Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019 grids of analysis’ facilitate changes of focus between the whole network and specific intra-actional components of the network-assemblages of these chat events.
  12. 12. Rhizoanalysis “Rhizoanalysis entails mapping multiple connections between different parts of the data, without resorting to hierarchical structures which keep data within silos. Any point can connect to any other. ” (Drumm, 2019). Crystallisation: generating credibility in research through building chains of evidence based on comparisons across a methods grid. The credibility of research is produced through the transparent and ‘thick’, reflexive description of the generation of the research assemblage attuned to research as “a complex journey of enriched discovery” (Stewart, Gapp and Harwood, 2017, p.1). Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  13. 13. Where next Never-ending Twitterverse Alternative virtual environments Physical spaces for rhizoanalysis Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019
  14. 14. References & images Beighton, C. (2013) ‘Assessing the mess: challenges to assemblage theory and teacher education’, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 26(10), pp. 1293–1308. Drumm, L. (2019), Folk pedagogies and pseudo-theories: how lecturers rationalise their digital teaching. Research in Learning Technology, 27. Fenwick, T. and Edwards, R. (2010) Actor-Network Theory in Education. London: Routledge. Heracleous, L. (2006) ‘A Tale of Three Discourses: The Dominant, the Strategic and the Marginalized*’, Journal of Management Studies, 43(5), pp. 1059– 1087. Law, J. (2004), After Method: Mess in Social Science Research. Abingdon: Routledge. Markham, A. (2013) ‘Undermining “data”: A critical examination of a core term in scientific inquiry’, First Monday, 18(10). Markham, A. and Lindgren, S. (2012) ‘From object to flow: Network sensibilities, symbolic interactionism, and social media’, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 43(December), pp. 7–41. Stewart, H., Gapp, R. and Harwood, I. (2017) ‘Exploring the Alchemy of Qualitative Management Research: Seeking Trustworthiness, Credibility and Rigor Through Crystallization’, The Qualitative Report, 22(1), pp. 1–19. Wagner, E. Newell, S. and Piccoli, G. (2010) ‘Understanding Project Survival in an ES Environment: A Sociomaterial Practice Perspective’, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 11(5), pp. 276–297. Peter Evans, SERA Conference 2019 Title image from natassa64 on Pixabay Slide 3 image by Brad Ovenell-Carter at https://flic.kr/p/ccGhuh Slides 4/5 images from screen grabs of chat events. Black and white Image: G.Rom. K1. 7598 “Romsey School, c 1910” used with permission from The Cambridge Collection, Cambridge Central Library. All other images are author’s own

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