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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Interviewing objects: Including educational technologies as qualitative research participants
Authors: Adams, Catherine
Thompson, Terrie Lynn
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Keywords: educational technology
Actor-Network Theory
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Adams C & Thompson TL (2011) Interviewing objects: Including educational technologies as qualitative research participants, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24 (6), pp. 733-750.
Abstract: This article argues the importance of including significant technologies-in-use askey qualitative research participants when studying today’s digitally enhancedlearning environments. We gather a set of eight heuristics to assist qualitativeresearchers in ‘interviewing’ technologies-in-use (or other relevant objects),drawing on concrete examples from our own qualitative research projects. Ourdiscussion is informed by Actor-Network Theory and hermeneuticphenomenology, as well as by the literatures of techno-science, media ecology,and the philosophy of technology.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education Volume 24, Issue 6, 2011, pp. 733-750 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Affiliation: University of Alberta

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