New Materialities and Maker Paradigms in Schools
Chapter 4. Methods and Practice
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METHODS AND PRACTICE
This chapter describes the design of the study—both the methods and practices I used to collect data, and my process of interpretation and analysis. It also traces an iteration of the inquiry questions that were introduced in Chapter 1, and describes two dispositional sensibilities that guided the research.
General Research Design
This qualitative field study took place at a K–12 private girls school in a major metropolitan area of the northeastern United States; primary participants were the teachers and administrators who shared their work with me. Following Ito (2010), my approach was ethnographic and exploratory; I wanted to describe relationships by “grasping the contours of a new set of cultural categories and practices” (p. 5). That is, rather than analyze behavior at a granular level, my approach targeted digital making technologies across the curriculum. ← 77 | 78 →
In-depth interviews, observations, and conversations occurred from August 2013 through June 2014. Additional conversations and email contact took place until August 2015. Interpretation and writing occurred throughout the study period.
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