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A purposive approach to content analysis : designing analytical frameworks

Stacey, Elizabeth and Gerbic, Philippa 2005, A purposive approach to content analysis : designing analytical frameworks, Internet and higher education, vol. 8, no. 1, 1st Quarter, pp. 45-59, doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2004.12.003.

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Title A purposive approach to content analysis : designing analytical frameworks
Author(s) Stacey, Elizabeth
Gerbic, Philippa
Journal name Internet and higher education
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Season 1st Quarter
Start page 45
End page 59
Publisher Elsevier Science BV
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1096-7516
Keyword(s) content analysis
CMC
deep and surface approaches to learning
collaborative learning
Summary Content analysis of computer conferences provides a rich source of data for researching and understanding online learning. However, the complexities of using content analysis in a relatively new research field have resulted in researchers often avoiding this method and using more familiar methods such as survey and interview instead. This article discusses content analysis as a methodology, with emphasis on the development of analytical frameworks. The literature indicates that researchers either use or modify existing frameworks or, more commonly, develop new ones, either through grounded theory approaches or the adaptation of existing theories, concepts or models. The development and implementation of two frameworks are then discussed in detail. Both were developed purposively to investigate and evaluate firstly collaborative learning and secondly deep and surface approaches to learning as evidenced in computer conferences. The article concludes with recommendations for framework development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.iheduc.2004.12.003
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Elsevier Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002957

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