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Giving the power of change to the
younger generation?
Dynamic and always changing
Gerber, H. R., Abrams, S. S., Curwood, J. S., Magifico, A. M. (2017).
Conducting qualitative research of learning in online spaces.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers
Chapter 1
Researchers using participatory approaches often strive to empower
underrepresented, underserved, marginalized, or oppressed individuals
and group….participatory research could inspire a critical awakening
among youth-as-researchers (pg. 9)
Networked field sites allow researchers to trace how individuals move
through multiple online spaces…in order to make meaning.
Researchers may call on multiple approaches to understand
meanings made across spaces… (pg. 15)
We apply the remix framework pragmatically to mixed approaches to
suggest that researchers can find the most appropriate and effective
methods for their own study when they can customize their approach
(pg. 13)
Chapter 2
Today’s digital tools and online spaces challenge the traditional notion
of field sites. Whereas previous research may have focused on a
specific physical site in an effort to understand the interplay of
individuals, practices, beliefs, and cultures, contemporary technology
expands the boundaries of potential field sites. NO LONGER
Social Networking vs. Social
Youth create and share transformative works, which include a variety
of writing and designing practices that take an original artifact and turn
Collaboration/Communication/Cutlure it into something with a new function or expression. (pg. 24)
Given the constantly evolving nature of social networking forums, it is
not possible to offer a definitive typology. (pg. 25)
In this three-year project, the researchers found that if they wanted to
understand the role of new media in youth lives, they needed to spend
time in both online and offline sites. Learning, in particular, is an
interest driven practice.(pg. 34)
Learning more globalized and
Chapter 3
How can we use online spaces to
As researchers think about an initial design for learning about an
enhance learning?
online space, whether they are considering a series of observations, an
initial survey or another kind of study, it is important to consider what
the learning looks like (pg. 37)
How can we build intrinsic motivation Gerber has posited that in order for gamification to move beyond
with games?
“exploitationware”, game designers and educators must work together
to reexamine what constitutes learning, play, collaborative interactions.
Otherwise, she argued, gamified educational experiences will continue
to develop learners’ isolated skills rather than effectively broadening or
connecting concepts.
Teaching to understand the point of
Metacognition assists in knowledge transfer, which is often seen as the
root of today’s typical focus on a liberal arts education. If students
learn in a broad-based way, then they will be better workers and more
informed citizens.
The typical structure of formal educational environments has an expert
or teacher leading novices through a series of activities designed to
hone particular kinds of individual valued skills…many online spaces,
however, lack this formal structure, instead focusing on the “common
endeavor” (pg. 51)
Teach students
Chapter 4
Researchers need to be mindful of the potential myopia related to the
term online and account for the offline component, be it in the research
design or in the limitations of the study (pg. 66)
Four characteristics to assess the trustworthiness of the human
a. Degree of familiarity with the phenomenon and the research
b. A strong interest in theoretical knowledge
c. The ability to take a multidisciplinary approach
d. Investigative skills
Chapter 5
With online research, quantitative data can be useful in shedding light
on qualitative data (pg. 103)
In qualitative research, some artifact data is publicly available and
readily accessible; at other times, access is contingent on participant
cooperation.(pg. 108)
Practicing themes
Chapter 6
The process of “theming” the data can be especially useful in complex
online studies that are conducted across various aspects of networked
field site—perhaps portals of an affinity space or a connected learning
site.( pg. 115)
As a qualitative researcher, it is important to consider not just your
plans for data collection, but how you plan to use data (pg. 1390
Chapter 7
They contend that researchers must identify and abide by the rules that
govern the space (p 143)
Anonymity is an important component of all research studi9pg. es,
particularly those dealing with research in online SPACES, (pg. 149
Chapter 8
Combining multiple approaches to designing and implementing
research also supports investigations (PG.191)
SUMMARY: Write 4 or more sentences describing specific learning from these notes.