Exploring Methodological and Ethical Issues in Researching Teachers’ Informal Learning on a Social Networking Site

Ab. Rashid, Radzuwan (2014) Exploring Methodological and Ethical Issues in Researching Teachers’ Informal Learning on a Social Networking Site. The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, pp. 1-42. ISBN 978-1-906235-21-5

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Abstract

Internet-based research, especially that which focuses on social networking sites (SNS), is a relatively new and growing field that presents a number of methodological and ethical challenges. In light of a study examining Malaysian English language teachers’ informal learning on Facebook, the methodological and ethical concerns surrounding SNS-based qualitative research are discussed. This paper begins with some contextual background about the study and issues surrounding teachers’ informal learning, followed by a discussion of methods of data generation. The methodological and ethical decision-making as informed by existing discussions and guidelines in internet-based research is then presented. This paper concludes that the challenging methodological issues in researching SNS require cautious consideration throughout the research process. It recommends that new ethics guidelines be developed by ethics board members for the reference of researchers who embark on research in this area.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: DR RADZUWAN AB RASHID
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 04:07
Last Modified: 09 May 2016 04:07
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4689

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