Social mobile devices as tools for qualitative research in education: iPhones and iPads in ethnography, interviewing, and design-based research

Bedall-Hill, Nicola Louise, 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: 67-89.

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Author Bedall-Hill, Nicola Louise
Jabbar, Abdul
Al Shehri, Saleh
Title Social mobile devices as tools for qualitative research in education: iPhones and iPads in ethnography, interviewing, and design-based research
Journal name Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology
ISSN 1948-075X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 89
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kent, U.K.
Publisher Research Center for Educational Technology
Collection year 2012
Language eng
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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Section. Learning Without Frontiers 2011: Mobile Research Strand

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