ERIC Number: EJ1101834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Using an Ecomap as a Tool for Qualitative Data Collection in Organizations
Bennett, Jo; Grant, Natalie S.
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v28 n2 p1-13 Spr 2016
An ecomap is a social work data collection tool that is used to gather data about a participant's environment. Derived from Bronfenbrenner's ecological system theory, the ecomap can be used in adult education and human resource development to record information of in-and-out-of-work and learning experiences and show how these interactions support or hurt an individual. Information about important interactions in an individual's life can help the staffs in organizations understand employees or adult learners in ways that may not surface with merely work or educational interactions. This first-hand knowledge of an individual's strengths or weaknesses can help the staff learn how to individualize employee and adult learner development. This personal knowledge can be an important part of an employee's and adult learner's performance, and personal and professional growth.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Data Collection, Research Tools, Network Analysis, Interaction Process Analysis, Industrial Psychology, Individual Characteristics, Adult Education, Social Work, Labor Force Development, Learning Experience, Social Networks, Social Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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