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Title: Creating space to think. Using email interviews to gather academic narratives
Authors: James, Nalita
First Published: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Abstract: The paper explores how the Internet and email offers space for participants to think and make sense of their experiences in the qualitative research encounter. It draws on a research study that used email interviewing to generate online narratives to understand academic lives and identities through research encounters in virtual space. The paper discusses how the asynchronous nature of email helps to facilitate this by allowing research participants to contribute to research in their space and according to their own preference in time, and engage in a process of reflection and interaction. However, it also argues for the construction of more collaborative approaches to research that acknowledge their right to use the temporal nature of space and time that email offers to construct, reflect upon and learn from their stories of experience in their own manner, and not merely to the researcher’s agenda. It concludes by recognising the importance of email as a research tool for capturing the complexity of social interaction online.
ISSN: 0951-8398
eISSN: 1366-5898
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education <date of publication> <Article DOI>.
Description: 18 month embargo
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Institute of Lifelong Learning

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