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.

2 thoughts on “Revised (In-Process) Research Purpose

  1. This may or may not have anything to do with how you are organizing your research, but I have noticed something about public blogging as part of my action research that is different from any research I have attempted before. In other more traditional research attempts, I never had an ongoing unedited record of my observations and discoveries. Everything would eventually be edited, and anything before the most recent versions would be discarded. Now, I (or anyone else) can look back at any point in my blog and read an unedited statement. It is like having a photo album of states of mind…and just as accurate/misleading as a photo album of a physical self.

    1. Margaret –

      Thank you for sharing your story here. It will be interesting to hear more about this, especially around what you may have learned / be learning about the process. Have you actively engaged in reflecting on this?

      In fact, as I am nearing the submission step for my ethical approval / clarifying the sorts of participants I want to interview for this, you may in fact may have the background that may make this a rich process! When I add this request for participants, let me know if you think you may be a fit!

      Jeffrey

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