Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-04-30

  • My Autoethnography Research proposal just received ethical approval http://tinyurl.com/c727ud; please help find people for a BRIEF interview #
  • New comment on “What is Autoethnography?” http://bit.ly/NFQZh #
  • Very happy with President Obama’s first 100 days. Live on tv now. #
  • About to review some CIQ results with a group of learners. #
  • Getting coffee and a salad between meetings. #

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Autoethnography Research – Approved Version

Thank you all for your help thinking through this project. Here is the final version that just received ethical (IRB) approval.

Now, I am searching for a few people to interview who have published autoethnography – any assistance in locating people for a brief interview in the next 2 weeks will be appreciated.

Title
Educational Explorations of Autoethnographic Inquiry: A Tale of 2 Teachers

Research Problem
Autoethnography is increasingly used as a research method, pushing the boundaries of qualitative inquiry by focusing on a phenomenon in the life of the researcher as the central aspect of study and publishing the findings as a cultural critique. With online technologies making the entire research process more transparent and potentially interactive, the researcher’s process and goals themselves may be explored, as the steps can be studied as part of the process, rather than by looking only at the final, published product. Of particular interest is transparency in the research process itself, especially when the autoethnographic inquiry is done in public, such as through a blog, discussion forum, or other technology where reader input can inform the process and researcher’s thinking. Little is known about the researcher’s learning goals for his or her readers, as well as how the researcher’s own learning develops through the process of conducting the autoethnographic research itself.

Literature Review
This will focus on autoethnographic inquiry: what it is, why it is done, and what is learned through it. I am planning to focus around the work of Carolyn Ellis, Art Bochner, Deborah Reed-Danahay, and Jean Clandinin and Michael Connelly. I will also search for literature that explores the intended goals and learning of the autoethnographer.

Purpose & Research Design
The purpose of this case study is to understand researcher learning goals and personal learning itself in those who engage in autoethnographic inquiry. This will be a qualitative research design, with a constructivism philosophical worldview. The strategy of inquiry will be case study. The research methods will be semi-structured interview.

There are no expected ethical issues in this research. Participants will remain anonymous, with fictitious names being used and the transcripts from the research secured on a password-protected computer.

This research is important to me because I am interested in learning more about how autoethnography can be used as a method in online and distance education, particularly for its seeming relationship with reflective practice and transformative learning. This is part of a large research interest of mine, which I am seeking to begin exploring in this smaller research project. I hope to better understand this to ultimately help improve the effectiveness of online teaching and learning practice.

Methods
As this is an exploratory case study, there will be 2 people interviewed for this research. I will reach out to my network of colleagues and distribution lists to locate 2 people who have published autoethnographic inquiries (I have already had two offers for autoethnographers to be interviewed; I will actively look for other possible participants once this proposal is accepted). Interviews will be conducted over the phone. Open-ended interview questions will be used:

  1. Why did you choose to use autoethnographic inquiry? 
  2. Who is your intended audience? 
  3. What goals did you have for your readers or learners?
  4. What role did technology play in your research? 
  5. What did you learn in the process of this autoethnographic inquiry? 
  6. If you were to conduct further autoethnographic inquiry, what would you do differently?

Interview results will be hand-transcribed and sent back to the participants for their review and approval.

Analysis
The transcripts will be hand-coded (as per Stake, 1995 and Wolcott, 1994), with the results sent to the participants for their review. Grounded theory will be used to understand the results (Fernandez, 2004, http://tinyurl.com/cbcqb3 ).

Findings and Next Steps
TBD; exploratory in nature.

Personal Learnings
I will explore what I learned in preparing and conducting this research project.

My personal learning objectives include:

  1. Collaborate on the design process, actively seeking feedback from colleagues on the design and development of this research project
  2. Investigate how others experience the autoethnographic research process
  3. Assess how the findings broaden my perspective on the method as an educational experience

References
Listed as used.

 

Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-04-29

  • Been so busy this week creating and revising my research proposal and seeing Wagner’s Ring (all 4 this week), behind on Tweets and FaceBook! #
  • Feeback on it wil be appreciated http://tinyurl.com/c8k667 #
  • I just created an Informed Consent Form for my autoethnography research project. New learning experiences abound this week! #
  • James Levine has an amazing touch with Wagner. The orchestra is wonderful this evening. #
  • Placido Domingo played an excellent Siegmund. #
  • I wish I could get a set of those horns I see people wearing for Wagner. Anybody know where to find them? #
  • Seeing Die Walkure tonight, part 2 of Wagner’s The Ring. #
  • Need some caffeine; time for Starbucks. #
  • Need some caffeine; time for Starbucks. #

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Autoethnography Research Informed Consent – for Review

I have never created an informed consent form on my own (that has always been a research partner’s role), so here is another new learning experience for me.

This is the informed consent form I created for my developing project. It may change, as I am still waiting for my tutor’s feedback on my revised proposal (which I will post on my blog once it is finalized).

Any thoughts on this?

Informed Consent to Participate in Research

Researcher: Jeffrey Keefer
Email: j [DOT] keefer [AT] lancaster [DOT] ac [DOT] uk
Title of Research: Educational Explorations of Autoethnographic Inquiry: A Tale of 2 Teachers

Thank you for agreeing to participate in this study conducted by Jeffrey Keefer, studying in the Educational Research Department of Lancaster University. It will take place from May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009.

Purpose
The purpose of this project is to understand the autoethnographic researcher’s learning goals for his or her readers and how the researcher’s own learning develops through the process of conducting the autoethnographic inquiry.

Procedures
The research involves my asking you several open-ended research questions, including:
1. Why did you choose to use autoethnographic inquiry? 
2. Who is your intended audience? 
3. What goals did you have for your readers or learners?
4. What role did technology play in your research? 
5. What did you learn in the process of this autoethnographic inquiry? 
6. If you were to conduct further autoethnographic inquiry, what would you do differently?

I will hand-record the responses and conversation, and I will send you a transcript of the discussion for your review. I will then code the discussion (for themes) and again send to you for your review (both times to confirm I captured what you said and / or intended). It is expected that the entire time commitment will be 60 minutes (30 minutes for the interview, and 15 minutes each for your review of my notes and coding).

Risks
There are no known risks for participating in this research.

I guarantee the following conditions will be met:
1. Your real name will not be used at any point of information collection, or in the written case report; instead, you and any other person and place names involved in your case will be given pseudonyms that will be used in all verbal and written records and reports.
2. Your participation in this research is voluntary; you have the right to withdraw at any point of the study, for any reason, and without any prejudice, and the information collected and records and reports written will be destroyed.
3. All research notes and communication will be maintained within my password-protected computer; nobody else will have access to them.
4. I will use this information to write a case study for my doctoral class and, based on feedback, consider submitting a revised version for research publication.
5. You will receive a copy of the final paper that is submitted to my instructor.
6. You are encouraged to ask any questions at any time about the nature of the study and the methods that I am using. Your suggestions and concerns are important to me; please contact me at any time at the address/phone number listed above.

Benefits
This research is important to me because I am interested in learning more about how autoethnography can be used as a method in online and distance education, particularly for its seeming relationship with reflective practice and transformative learning. I hope to better understand this to ultimately help improve the effectiveness of online teaching and learning practice.

Consent
I agree to the terms listed above:

Respondent ___________________________ Date _____________

I agree to the terms listed above:

Researcher ___________________________ Date _____________

 

Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-04-28

  • Waiting for Der Ring des Nibelungen to begin. #
  • In many ways sharing a research design up front may mean it will save some of the questioning later. We can then focus on the implications! #
  • We see Wagner’s The Ring this week. Tonight is Das Rheingold. #
  • Checking mail on a BlackBerry makes the line of sweaty humanity at the post office much more bearable. #
  • Seems confirmed cases of swine flu in NYC judt doubled. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-04-27

  • I really appreciate all the feedback I have been receiving on my autoethnography research proposal http://tinyurl.com/d2ksln #
  • New comment on “Autoethnography Research Project Proposal ~ Feedback Requested” http://bit.ly/PQBgD #
  • 6 Aleve tablets today, and still my headache is going strong. #
  • Just parked next to a brand new Lamborghini. What recession? #
  • No traffic at all back into Manhattan. Hey, everybody’s already here! #
  • Just ordered a Dahon Speed D7 2009. #
  • Anybody notice a real slowing down of Facebook this weekend. Trying to refresh the page reminds me of dial-up. Everything else runs fine. #
  • About to go and fertilize the lawn with organic fertilizer. I am starting the year off like a true druid. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-04-26

  • Just saw this article in today’s NY Times about Swine Flu in a high school in Queens http://tinyurl.com/d4qjnu #
  • Got up early to feed and walk the dogs, and decided to check Twitter while I am waiting to see what birds come; I just fed them, too. #
  • I tend not to block people on Twitter, as I have not found a relationship between blocking the spammers there or not. #
  • I have been catching up on the discussions in Lancaster’s VLE, where much of our course discussions occur, all evening. #
  • I joined twitter 781 days ago – http://whendidyoujointwitter.com ? #
  • I was thinking about a Dahon. Like the Brompton and other UK brands, but they are $$$ #
  • I am thinking about buying a folding bike. They are more expensive than I thought, and there are many more models than I imagined! #

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