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Reflecting on method: the use of a time-log diary to examine the labour process of further education lecturers

Avis, James, Bathmaker, Ann-Marie and Parsons, John (2001) Reflecting on method: the use of a time-log diary to examine the labour process of further education lecturers. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 6 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1359-6748

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Abstract

To examine the labour process of teachers in further education we constructed a time-log diary in which lecturers recorded time spent on various activities undertaken during a week. In this article the authors explore the development of the time log, its use, and forms of analysis that arose as they sought to make sense of the data. The authors' interest in this article is not so much in their findings but rather in an exploration of the way in which they sought to gather, analyse and interpret the data so as to illuminate the social conditions of lecturers' labour. Their initial intent was to gather 'hard' statistical data, however the tension generated between over-specification of categories within the log and the different interpretations of participants led to alternative forms of analysis, in particular the cameo. This led the authors to consider refining the diary and using it alongside a series of cameos which would enable us to gather 'hard' statistical data whilst at the same time being able to set these against in-depth qualitative data. Such an approach enables the development of a richer understanding of the changing nature of work and the lived experience of those involved in further education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 10:06
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:30
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/6920

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