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Title: You’ve got mail…! Using email interviews to gather academic narratives
Authors: James, Nalita
First Published: 19-Jun-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Research and Method in Education (2015)
Abstract: The paper explores how computer-mediated communication offers space for academics 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 email can provide a site where the self can be viewed reflexively and re-negotiated through a process of interaction. The paper demonstrates that the asynchronous nature of email helps to facilitate this, by allowing participants to contribute to research in their space and according to their own preference in time. However, it also argues for the construction of more collaborative approaches to research that acknowledge the right of participants 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 recognizing the importance of email as a research tool for capturing the complexity of social interaction online.
DOI Link: 10.1080/1743727X.2015.1056136
ISSN: 1743-727X
eISSN: 1743-7288
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 Research & Method in Education 19 Jun 2015
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Institute of Lifelong Learning

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