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Welcome Committee members and quests. Very pleased to have you participate in this FOR
From the Felix page referencing the FOR protocols. My project was an investigation of issues related to Distance education and more specifically technology-mediated education. I also was able to apply, to the best of my present ability, the grounded theory method. The theory presented here provides a new way of looking at technology mediated education and changing social behavior patterns generally. A theoretical foot hold.
A bit about myself for background but also because with the method I applied the analyst is the research instrument, I try to avoid saying tool. While the method provides a way to avoid preconceptions when investigating new subject areas, one of the realities of any type of research is investigator bias. With grounded theory, analyst’s bias is built into the investigation. The analyst’s POV is treated like any other data. But it is important to know the starting perspective. Canadian, which has some implications when studying with a US institution. Vocational and technical, community colleges, adult education Social activist, involved in progressive politics, Critical pedagogy is a logical extension. Scholar/practitioner. Contributing to knowledge but then not stopping there. Trying to put understanding acquired through disciplined inquiry into practical application. Unabashed supporter of the free and open use of technology. Early adopter. Saw the potential. Consistent with critical pedagogy.
AKA distance education although education has always been technology mediated. More correctly internet based ICT technology Canada has system of public education but fragmented by legislative and constitutional restrictions. Education is a provincial jurisdiction, whereas training is a federal responsibility. Vestiges of old forms of education, reaching back to agrarian society and even colonialist influences My experience with Voc tech, Higher Ed in Canada and US plus experience working with Romanian government. Provided some perspective and clues as to data sources.
Blogs, wikis, Twitter, Virtual worlds second life Profound impacts on patterns of social behavior Industrial broadcast model of education is evolving
Good summary website. http://gtm.vlsm.org/gnm-gtm.en.html General method of comparative analysis. A method for discovering theories in the patterns of observed behavior,
Glen Gatin Formal Oral Review
Glen Gatin Final Oral Review Keeping Your Distance: A basic social process
Agenda for this FOR• The project that I undertook for this dissertation• What I have learned• Contribution to knowledge
My Background and perspective• Canadian educator• Scholar/practitioner• New media evangelist
My Areas of Interest• Technology-mediated education• Manitoba, Canada• Other jurisdictions
New Paradigms• Rapid advancement of technology• Resulting social change• Changing locus of control for education
Current Research in Distance Education• Existing theoretical frameworks based on old understandings of industrial education• Field is evolving rapidly• Need new theories
Grounded Theory• What is grounded theory?• Why did I decide to use it?• How does it work?• How did I apply the method?
Grounded theory• A way to look at areas from a participant’s perspective• A way to minimize preconceptions• Answers the question, “What are people really working on?• For new or rapidly emerging fields
Grounded theory is• Explanatory theory• An integrated set of concepts organized around a core variable• Not concerned with validity or verification
Why I decided to use grounded theory• Dissatisfaction with other research methods• Opportunity to discover theory• Promise of meaningful contribution to knowledge
Criteria for a grounded theory• Fit• Grab• Generalizability• Modifiability
All is Data “Mention a hospital and everyone has an experience to tell and often cannot be stopped until they do”• Formal interviews• Observation• Collegial comments• Literature from the substantive area• Slices of data
Keeping Your Distance• People regulate distance, physical and representative, in their everyday lives.• People use strategies to control physical, emotional, and psychological distance and to conserve personal energy.• People use a personalized algorithm of engagement.
Distancing for Physical Safety• Most basic form of this response• Related to survival• People use physical distance as a proxy for emotional and psychological distance
Emotional Distancing• Protect your heart• Defense mechanisms• Not an aberration but a normal response• Default to distance
Distancing for autonomy• Self-determination• Response to chaos• Also applies on a collective level
Distancing for energy conservation• Social engagement costs and benefits• ROI of lost causes• Internet distance has a new quality
Strategies• Physical distancing• Symbolic distancing• Internalizing and compartmentalizing
Algorithm of Keeping Your Distance• KYD response is mitigated• Skin thickness• Wind chill factor