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ERIC Number: ED409338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 24
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Online Interviews: Research as a Reflective Dialogue.
Heflich, David A.
The use of online interviews as reflective dialogue for professional growth and development was studied. Doctoral research conducted using electronic mail messaging as a series of online interviews evolved into reflective dialogues between the researcher and subjects. Five users of an online discussion group on teaching participated in a pilot study. Their initial responses reported on attitudes about children and learning, as they were asked, but they did not reveal their tacit attitudes. The researcher developed a revised interview protocol as a series of thematic questions. These resulted in professional growth on the part of the subjects, and growth of the doctoral student (researcher) in the use of conversational techniques to stimulate reflective conversation that resulted in a wealth of data. This study demonstrates the viability of online interviews as an educational research tool. It also shows the symbiotic relationship between a high degree of access to online computer technology and the culture of learning in which it exists. Two appendixes discuss developing a sample and present the interview protocol. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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