Investigating the multiple worlds of teaching through multiloguing

Murphy, Elizabeth (2001) Investigating the multiple worlds of teaching through multiloguing. Educational Technology & Society, 4 (3). pp. 153-159. ISSN 1436-4522

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This paper considers the use of multiloguing or an online discussion as a means of investigating teachers’ thought processes. The characteristics of the discussion are outlined and the role of the researcher, the development of his/her identity and the skills required to lead a discussion are presented. The benefits of multiloguing are considered in relation to the freedom from spatio-temporal limitations. Challenges related to the use of the technique are drawn from a study in which multiloguing is used to investigate teachers’ beliefs. The decentered nature of the online discussion allows the researcher to play an unobtrusive role but presents difficulties in terms of ensuring participants’ involvement. Technical and logistical factors may present challenges but can be overcome or minimised.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 2477
Keywords: Multiloguing, Online discussion, Research techniques
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2001
Date Type: Publication
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