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Social Mobile Devices as Tools for Qualitative Research in Education: iPhones and iPads in Ethnography, Interviewing, and Design-Based Research

Beddall-Hill, Nicola, Jabbar, Abdul and Al Shehri, Saleh (2011) Social Mobile Devices as Tools for Qualitative Research in Education: iPhones and iPads in Ethnography, Interviewing, and Design-Based Research. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 7 (1). pp. 67-90. ISSN 1948-075x

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Abstract

This paper’s focus is on the development of research methodologies to investigate learning in higher education. These methodologies have made use of Social Mobile Devices (SMD) for data collection, a relativity new concept in qualitative research. The paper provides examples of practice linked with discussions from the Learning Without Frontiers Conference 2011 (LWF 2011) around the constraints, affordances, and ethical issues inherent in the use of SMDs for research. While the researchers used Apple iPhones and Apple iPads, this should not limit the applicability of the paper to other devices. It is hoped that this paper will aid the development of these tools for research purposes in the future through wider discussion, use, and dissemination. Technological development of SMDs continues unabated, hence developing methodologies around their use is an important task that will enable researchers to take advantage of the future applications they provide, whilst being aware of their impact upon the research process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Mobile Devices; Educational Research; Methodology; iPhone; iPad; Mobile Ethnography; Interviews; Design-Based Research
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Schools: The Business School
The Business School > Business Education Research Group
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Depositing User: Abdul Jabbar
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 09:24
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 01:57
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/10507

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