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ERIC Number: EJ768533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Methodological Issues in Researching Online Representations: Production, Classification and Personal Web Space
Seale, Jane; Abbott, Chris
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v30 n2 p179-192 Jul 2007
This paper argues that if education practitioners, policy-makers and researchers are to gain insights from new forms of online self-representations, there is a need to take stock of research involving homepages in order to identify important methodological issues and lessons that need to be addressed in future research. Home page authorship research is characterized as being associated either with production or classification, very much as other areas of research in literacy such as new literacy studies and multimodality have identified process and product. In this paper, key aspects of research into homepage authorship are reviewed and tensions and contradictions identified. From this review four key implications for methodology are discussed: the varying degree to which content or context are defined in research; the interaction between researcher and researched, within learning disability contexts and more widely; a consideration of the sometimes blurred distinction between public and private online spaces and a wider discussion of the ethical issues facing researchers.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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