The (secret and password protected) diary of a Web 2.0 novice doing subtextual phenomenology

Vallack, Jocene (2009) The (secret and password protected) diary of a Web 2.0 novice doing subtextual phenomenology. In: 8th European Conference on Research Methodology. 43. p. 43. From: ECRM 2009: 8th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, 22-23 June 2009, Valletta, Malta.

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This paper presents a new methodology for examining reflective data. It is called Subtextual Phenomenology. It is authentic phenomenology in the true Husserlian sense, and it taps into the subtext of the data, using psychological techniques akin to psychoanalysis. At Central Queensland University, we are doing research into Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) as they are enabled through Web 2.0 technology. The governing group-approach for the project is Action Research, in which the researchers are required to reflect on the issues, plan together for new action, implement that initiative, and then reflect again: Plan; Act; Reflect. This is the ongoing Action Research cycle. Subtextual Phenomenology is the methodology I use to make sense of the reflective phase. Like autoethnography (Boucher 2002) and Heuristic Inquiry (Moustakas 1990) it requires the user to be both researcher and research subject. As such, I record my experiences as a novice practitioner using Web 2.0 social media tools. I write my impressions and observations of this process in my blog. When I switch to analysis mode, I then analyse the candid, autoethnographic blog using the research paradigm of Subtextual Phenomenology (Vallack 2005). The approach strives to reveal archetypal, mythical forms, which act as analogies for the research issues. At the end of the first reflective phase in the Action Research spiral, Subtextual Phenomenology has shown that the plight of the Web 2.0 Novice is akin to that of the unfortunate protagonist in the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus.

Item ID: 34842
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-1-906638-32-0
Keywords: qualitative research, subtextual phenomenology, arts-based research, Web 2.0
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 00:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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