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IRB Proposal Mex-Am Digital Narratives

By js, 24 April, 2008, No Comment

Attached is the IRB proposal for the study.

Case Study Mex-Am in Cyberspace 2

By js, 19 March, 2008, No Comment

IM Interview
Another digital use of language

  • do they use this tool in similiar ways to express themselves as they use in their digital content — (If I want to examine their own content then how do I know that they have any?)
    • Ask for Recommendation OR
    • survey the students
      • I am assuming that students studying digital technologies will have their own spaces? Do they? Just because they are taught how to use the technologies, are the empowered to use them for their own purposes?
      • How are the spaces they do have?
      • Are they controlled by the system? like Nakamura argues in drop-down choices or are they self-created?
      • As students of color take advantage of online education, how can programs help them to use tools which will help them build community

Examining the use of METAPHOR in digital spaces used by Mex-Am

Case Study Notes for Project Mex-Am in Cyberspace

By js, 19 March, 2008, No Comment

1. Define the problem that needs attention

  • What are students perception of their identity construction online?
  • How do students construct their identity online?
  • How is the concept of cultural wealth deployed/reflected in digital spaces such as blogs?
      • community building (MOO)
      • social networking (

Define the real world problem?
The problem is that race and how it is constructed online is understudied. Especially how racial self-identity is constructed in digital spaces. We especially have not studied the young Mex-Am who will become technical communicators, such as web page designers, after receiving associates degrees from technical programs.
(The technical program more than likely does not focus on ideological, philosophical, or political implications of design choices) DO tech programs focus on the user as white?
How does a technical/functional/skills approach to design affect student concepts/development of own identity online?
Some have studied how race is deployed online by looking at websites especially social networking sites such as and ….MOO. xxxx, yyyy, have examined how race is constructed in movies which deal with cyberspace, stories set in digital spaces.
The problem also is that digital narratives have not included how race has influenced the development of digital literacy skills. Much research has been done about problmes with technological access and how this affects the development of dig lit skills. Also, others have examined how technological access or digital divide is drawn along racial and economic lines. Research has ignored how for those students of color who have gained digital literacy skills, how those skills are actually developed, and what particular familial, educational, and community circumstances may have affected the development of their digital lilteracy skills. Especially studies which try to capture the students own perspective on how they gained those skills.

  • it is an exploratory study
  • small group
  • interview
  • questionnaire
  • discourse analysis of digital spaces/artifacts


  • Mex-Am
  • student
  • associates degree seeking in computer technology
  • female/male?

SELECT subject who is typical of some area of interest to begin to collect insights (combined with other studies) used to build a general theory.
SYSTEMATIC about DATA collection

  • multiple subjects
  • shape of question (be careful)
  • use same questions with all subjects
  • drawing up questions
  • setting up a specific time and place

COLLECT data that can be examined by others to allow verifcation of findings

  • use converging methods to gain separate views of an issue

VERIFY conclusions by asking OUTSIDE RATER to examine the collected materials

  • transcribe interviews
  • look for patterns
  • provide categoryy labels and descriptions
  • then use independent judge to use categories labels and descriptions to classify data

PRESENT conclusions as TENTATIVE

Case Study Research

By js, 19 March, 2008, No Comment

Used for empirical research projects

  • useful for areas which haven't yet received much attention
  • Advantages
    • holistic view
    • rich detail
    • info that connect otherwise; otherwise be collected
    • precise definition of research question
  • Subjects
    • they are typical of a certain group or unique in some way


  • systematically collect information
  • about
    • events
    • situation
    • small group of
      • persons
      • objects
  • purpose
    • explore
    • describe
    • explain
      • aspects not previously known or considered
  • purpose is
    • to develop new insights
    • new knowledge
  • strategies which can be used
    • interviews
    • questionnaire
    • examination of artifacts
  • narrow focus
    • investigate one event
    • or very small number of people
    • learn how readers read
    • learn practicular rhetorical strategies used

1. Define the problem that needs attention

  • identify read world problem
  • define it carefully
  • careful definition of a problem often points the way to the appropriate research methodology

relevance to tasks technical communicators face in daily work

2.  Select the subjects to be studied with care.

  • unique subject or situation
  • OR
  • typical of some area of interest to begin to collect insights

3. Plan and test procedures in advance of data collection.

  • key to success; advance planning and testing

4.  Be systematic about data collection

  • multiple interviews
  • prepare interview questions in advance

5. Collect data that can be examined by others to allow verification of findings.

  • reduce researcher bias

6.  Use triangulation so that more than one measure will converge on an issue

  • use of converging measures to gain separate veiws of an issue

7.  Verify concusions by asking an outside rater to examine the collected materials.

  • gather transcripts
  • look for patterns
  • provide categories and descriptions for classifying data
  • give to other rater to see if they match

8. Present conclusions as tentative

  • qualify the claims; the data indicate rather than "the data prove"

CHOICE of TOOLS depends on what questions the researcher is hoping to answer