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ERIC Number: EJ1005147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-716X
Microgenetic Learning Analysis: A Methodology for Studying Knowledge in Transition
Parnafes, O.; diSessa, A. A.
Human Development, v56 n1 p5-37 2013
This paper introduces and exemplifies a qualitative method for studying learning, "microgenetic learning analysis" (MLA), which is aimed jointly at developing theory and at establishing useful empirical results. Among modern methodologies, the focus on theory is somewhat distinctive. We use two strategies to describe MLA. First, we develop a framework for comparing the focus and means of different methods, particularly qualitative methods, aimed at studying learning. Using the framework, we compare and contrast MLA with two better-known methods, microgenetic analysis and grounded theory. Second, we aim to schematize elements of MLA--from large-scale patterns of work to detailed analytical strategies--and to exemplify some of them in a case study using data collected some years prior to this elaboration of MLA.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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