ERIC Number: ED432283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
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Online Survey Research: A Venue for Reflective Conversation and Professional Development.
Heflich, David A.; Rice, Margaret L.
Educational research has long been conducted at a distance: both mail and telephone have successfully been used in survey research. The development of the Internet offers yet another medium over which research can be conducted. This study discusses the use of electronic mail as a vehicle for conducting educational research. It focuses particularly on the way in which electronic mail can be used to engage in reflective dialogues which yield deep, qualitative data. The research methodology is presented along with examples of the dialogue that emerged from the semi-structured interview protocol that was used. Subjects were 25 K-12 educators from schools in 16 states and six countries. Interview questions were sent by e-mail to each participant. Results indicated that e-mail is a viable method for obtaining reflective data from participants. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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