Just Google or just research to improve the response-ability of research participants?

Marchant, Jillian (2015) Just Google or just research to improve the response-ability of research participants? In: Proceedings of the 21st Century Academic Forum Conference (5), pp. 313-320. From: 2nd 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, 8-10 March 2015, Boston, MA, USA.

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Abstract

Research investigations that examine contemporary issues in the 21st century generate information that can be "googled". Google searches however, may not satisfy the need for a deep understanding of existing information, signalling the need for additional research. Research inquiries are especially pressing when it is evident that despite previous investigations social challenges remain. This study informs of a socially appropriate way to gather information and is part of a larger PhD project that examines the social experiences of adult learners living in rural communities. Particularly, this research contains a methodology that offers each adult learner a social opportunity to engage with the researcher for an extended time period in order to further their own social interests; a methodological approach expecting to improve the opportunities of research participants. Despite being able to google information, some adult learners appreciate more personal advice and support to achieve their goals. Further investigation may seek those circumstances that lead to participants either accepting or rejecting an extended social connection with researchers. This study contributes to existing knowledge about research methodology.

Item ID: 42822
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 2330-1236
Keywords: marginalised individuals, social research, ethical methodology
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 02:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities @ 20%
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