Handbooks of Research Methods in Management series
Edited by Mark N.K. Saunders and Paul Tosey
Chapter 13: Emergent discourses of learning and community formation: exploring social media for professional learning
This chapter explores how, using Actor Network Theory and Discourse Analysis, competing projections of power emerge and are ‘processed’ in a specific online environment to impact on community creation through the discursive practices of professional learning. It describes an investigation of the social practices and community-forming activities associated with professional development activities in social media environments, highlighting the usefulness and challenges of this research approach to the study of social media environments for learning.
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