"Struggling with it? I'm an I.T. teacher": Doing online category work about an educational issue

Christina Davidson, Gillian Busch

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Research that examines the uptake of digital technologies in classrooms provides a body of literature on the issue from the perspectives of education stakeholders such as teachers and students. This study employs the sociological perspective of Membership Categorization Analysis to examine the ways that numerous perspectives on the issue are drawn together in response to a news website article about the use of digital devices in classrooms. The analysis examines the ways categories, and category related activities, were used to inform and justify what a range of people said and inferred about the perspectives of others on the issue. Categories are shown to be important for in situ “sense making” that underpins and enables the doing of social life online.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association
PublisherAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2015: AERA 2015 - Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, United States
Duration: 16 Apr 201520 Apr 2015
http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/Previous-Annual-Meetings/2015-Annual-Meeting/2015-Annual-Meeting-Details/Program/Online-Print-Program-PDF (Meeting program)
http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/Previous-Annual-Meetings/2015-Annual-Meeting/2015-Annual-Meeting-Details (Meeting details)


ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2015
Abbreviated titleToward justice: culture, language, and heritage in education research and praxis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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