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Parents Caring, Sharing, and Learning Together Online: An Exploratory Look at Informal Learning via a Health-Related Support Group in Facebook

Abstract Using an adapted Straussian Grounded Theory approach, and as a participant observer, data from members of a Facebook group made up of parents and caretakers of infants or children with Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) were collected and analyzed. During the first exploratory phase, 31 semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 theoretically sampled members of the group. During the second phase, 604 postings (original and comments) created by members of the online social media group, for one week, were analyzed. The study explored various dimensions of informal learning in this space. These included what learning strategies members used, what types of knowledge were encouraged and shared, how community within the group was char... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Vargas Wright, Jenny (Author) / Savenye, Wilhelmina C. (Advisor) / Archambault, Leanna (Advisor) / Zuiker, Steven J. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Education / affinity spaces / communities of practice / Facebook / information-seeking behavior / social learning / social media
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 275 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Technology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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