Winking at Facebook: capturing digitally-mediated classroom learning

Barden, Owen (2014) Winking at Facebook: capturing digitally-mediated classroom learning. E-Learning and Digital Media, 11 (6). pp. 544-568.

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In this article I present an innovative combination of methods, used in a study of the use of Facebook as an educational resource by five dyslexic students at a Sixth Form College in north-west England. Through a project in which teacher-researcher and student-participants co-constructed a Facebook group page about the students’ scaffolded research into dyslexia, the study examined the educational affordances of a digitally-mediated social network. Combining multiple data-collection methods including participant-observation, semi-structured interviews, video recordings, dynamic screen capture (Cox, 2007), protocol analysis (Ericsson & Simon, 1993) helped to capture in detail multiple perspectives on the learning that happened in the classroom over the five weeks of the research project's lifetime. Aggregating the resulting data in turn enabled meticulous, comprehensive analysis and rigorous theorising. The article presents and analyses excerpts from the data which help to illustrate the insights gained into one participant's learning trajectory. I argue that the combination of methods employed could be used with any range of research participants in other studies exploring learning through Facebook and other Web 2.0 spaces. The article concludes by suggesting further refinements to the methods used.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: classroom research, methods, Web 2.0, social networks
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:04
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:04

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