If this is an awful
mess … then would
something less messy
make a mess of
Law (2004, p1)
Images: (i) froBy Credited to Francesco di Antonio del Chierico - Ptolemy's Geography (Harleian MS 7182, ff 58–59), Public Domain,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=193697m Paul Randall, 2009; (ii) Rainbow brainwaves by Herman Cruz
In practice research needs to be
messy and heterogeneous. It
needs to be mess and
heterogeneous because that is the
way it – research – actually is. And
also, and more importantly, it
needs to be messy because that is
the way the largest part of the
world is: messy, unknowable in a
regular and routinized way.
Unknowable, therefore, in ways
that are definite or coherent.
(Law , 2007, p596-7)
Image from Paul Randall, 2009
Repertoire of methods
…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)
A repertoire of methods?
orders of discourse:
styles, genres and
Twitter Event data
Twitter data collected using TweetArchivist
and data from the event websphere
captured in PDF
As a research term, ‘data’ has been a problem for
qualitative researchers for some decades now,
not least because the term is — in most common
usage — associated with some thing that one
gathers, hence is a priori and collectable. Data
are potentially informational, yes, but as
operationalized in most of the social or natural
sciences, function fundamentally as discrete
objects that can be located in time and space.
The problem with this conceptualization is that it
remains categorically different from — and in a
sense opposed to — the very idea of process.
From a qualitative perspective, ‘data’ poorly
capture the sensation of a conversation or a
moment in context.
(Markham 2013: 1)
Matters of interest
My central argument is to understand the Twitter
chat events as heterotopic socio-material
assemblages. So the RQs become: how are
heterotopic assemblages manifested in:
1.How the common professional domain of HRD is
2.How online community is enacted
3.How professional learning and knowledge sharing
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