Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-12-26

  • RT @christiepooh: Omg! Walmart has Easter candy out! #
  • We made soup in the pressure cooker, and now to fold laundry. That will about do it for today. #
  • About to trek out into the ice and freezing rain to make it to the market. First time to use 4-wheel drive all year. #
  • New comment on "Research Design: methodology in question" http://bt.io/CKUr #
  • Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-12-25

  • Finally checked through Tweets for the past 2 days using #UberTwitter. Now, time to check email before we go for Christmas dinner. #
  • I did not realize that #UberTwitter will keep my cursor at the last Tweet read, even when I leave the app. I really like this feature. #
  • I am catching up on reading Tweets using UberTwitter on my BlackBerry. People are resting on Christmas morn, so catch-up time for me. #
  • Happy Christmas to all, or to be pc, I will use the code of "Happy Holidays." #
  • Enjoying old radio programs while sitting by the fire. Will have an icy Christmas later today. #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-12-24

  • Pot roast, mulled wine, and brandy cake. Yumm. #
  • Less snow in upstate NY than I suspected. Hurray!! #
  • At the Post Office to mail a few things, with more to come next week. #
  • 3 new comments on "Silence and Voice" and more http://bt.io/CJJu #
  • This is the La Boheme I am enjoying on PBS Great Performances http://bit.ly/5xMD7b #

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Jeffrey’s Twitter Updates for 2009-12-23

  • Will work on the gradebook tonight for my Business Communication course that begins on January 2. #
  • Enjoying La Boheme on PBS right now. Did not know they recorded the opera as a "movie." #
  • Wonder if the #BlackBerry service is back up? #
  • I can't believe BlackBerry service is down again. This is the second time in a week. #
  • RT @tweetmeme BlackBerry Outage Affecting North America http://bit.ly/8233JD #

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Research Method Ideas for the Project

As I have generally received positive feedback for the “ambitious” direction I am headed (regarding the research project that I have been designing here over the past few weeks), I now want to think a bit about the method I am considering for this work, especially before I tighten up the problem and research question.

I was initially planning to use  phenomenography, though think that may not work due to the size limitations of the expected 3 participants, the limitations to the semi-structured interview questions I need to use (as phenomenography would require me to rigidly use the same questions with everybody–leading to the eventual categories), and given that I am not sure I will be able to categorize much as this is an exploratory study.

I am now thinking about using some form of ethnography, something that blends the ethnography of Wittel with that of Hines and Efimova, perhaps in a more Focused manner, similar to that detailed by Knoblauch. I expect to conduct interviews and possibly review blogs or other social media as examples of the participants’ work, as needed. I will get more specific here as a next step, after I (hopefully) get some feedback first.

Revised (In-Process) Research Purpose

I have been plugging away at this, and think it is finally in a condition to be shared. While undoubtedly still in need of tightening, I can no longer see it clearly as I have been wordsmithing it since Sunday. Thoughts and suggestions are really appreciated. How can I tighten this research project proposal for my class?

Research Problem
The ways people develop as researchers has been studied, though there is limited understanding of how this occurs through the use of social media. With the rise of virtual ethnography and content analysis, more of what is written and communicated online can be studied, though this often appears in final form, and does not necessarily help understand the steps and thresholds achieved during the course of study. Even through studying the blogs or microblogs of those who track and develop their research in process, it can be challenging to understand the moments when some transformational experience and its subsequent understanding occurs in the academic growth of those engaged in graduate or doctoral research studies. Educational researchers need to better understand the experiences of adult learners who recognize when they have made significant perspective or paradignmatic shifts in their academic thinking, as this may help in designing learning experiences to assist future learners who will continue to use social media in their academic work.

Research Question
What is the experience of adult learners who develop their academic research understanding through the use of social media, such as blogging or microblogging?

Purpose
The purpose of this research is to understand how adult learners navigate through their growth in understanding research through using social media as tools for reflectivity, self-expression, feedback, and collaboration. Using the frameworks of threshold concepts and transformative learning, I want to explore how they are processed by those who use engage in their work in a public space where identity development takes place in a more transparent manner than learning has done before.