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Title: The transition 'from student to researcher' in the digital age: Exploring the affordances of emerging ecologies of the PhD e-researchers
Author: Esposito, Antonella
Director: Sangrà Morer, Albert
Maina, Marcelo Fabián
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. eLearning Innovation Center
Keywords: doctoral researchers
digital scholars
learning ecologies
digital engagement
Issue Date: 22-Dec-2014
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. eLearn Center (eLC)
Abstract: This doctoral dissertation is concerned with an exploratory study on how emerging learning ecologies enabled by Web 2.0 and social web are affecting the self-organized practices and dispositions in the digital settings of individual PhD students. The research endorses a constructivist grounded theory approach, where data collection has been undertaken across three Italian and one UK universities and has included a sequence of online questionnaires, individual interviews and focus groups. The findings being generated provide a repertoire of social media practices for research purposes; a framework conceptualizing the trajectories in the digital, in terms of Space, Time, Socialization, Digital identity, Stance and Tensions; the forms of resilience and the tensions underlying the PhD researchers¿ digital engagement. The affordances of PhD e-researchers¿ emerging ecologies are therefore understood as multi-dimensional and transitional trajectories intentionally undertaken by the individuals and generating a range of reactions toward the opportunities provided by the open Web.
Language: English
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