Monthly Archives: June 2014

Week Three – Coding… removing my bias

Still trying to figure out the whole emic/etic coding, but I see some trends happening.  This is really interesting if you dig down a bit — systemizing, organizing and even analyzing the content captured is a little challenging.   As I am coding out the transcripts it started to dawn on me an actually how hard this type of discourse analysis is on a researcher.  I am wondering if a research tries to focus on the numbers rather than the meaning of what is actually being said in fewer words?  I also wonder about the need to supplement the spoken words with observations to provide a deeper level of the context.  I look forward to digging deeper into CMDA and build out my knowledge.  

Back to emic/etic — listening back to the class and doing some re-reading of Herring and others, trying to formulate my own interpretation which I think will support my coding – Etic:  analysis of one who does not participate in the culture

Emic:  anaylysis of one who participates in the culture

To even go deeper this made sense to me:

“Non-linguistic examples may be found, e.g., in the colors. For instance:

  • In the etic perspective, the color ‘white’ is perceived as equal presence of light of all wave-lengths by every human eye.
  • In the emic perspective, it is the color of purity, festivity and joy in most occidental cultures. It is the color of mourning in Chinese culture.”


Week two – Getting started with an analysis…

How did your first quick analysis go? What was easy, what was not, and what you will do differently next time. Talk also about your particular research study from last week. Was what they did what you understood should be done?

My first analysis… hmmmm.  A couple of things that I had to fight off — I wanted to read more into the phrases and I also found myself questioning my selections… alot.  After a few selections, I decided that it was easier to just read the phrase for face value and look for a keyword or a theme.  By selecting this strategy, it helped me to quickly make selections rather than ponder over something.  I might not be in line with the other classmates, but this worked for me.  I think I will utilize this strategy again.  It will be interesting when we compare our results (other students).  

My study analyzed “politeness” and text-based sychronous interactions.  The research outlined what it describes as a linguistic phenomena net yet explored.  Strategies used for compensating for the lack of audio-visual information in computer-mediated communication. 

Week One – What is known or unknown… research & worldviews

What is my general worldview in terms of what I think can be known, why that is the case, and how we can best understand the world?

To say that one can truly understand the world might be an understatement.  Over the course of my lifetime the people, the activities, the interactions, the environment all influence my worldview.  Strangers I will never know impact how I interpret societal changes… some positive and others not that great.  I feel that I am fortunate in that strong family values provided the strongest aspect of where I think my worldview derives from and that is from the ethics that my parents instilled in me.  These ethics guide my actions and decisions every day.  I think these ethics are directly related to my character.  I remember attending my high school reunion and this guy I remembered made a really neat comment about me… I was alway the person who helped others, was concerned about others… he said “you were one of the people I hoped that would attend tonight”.  I don’t quite remember that exactly, but I am glad that my parents had instilled that level of ethics that has been with me into adulthood.  I hope that I have done as good of a job with my own kids.  I feel pretty confident that the cycle continues as my peers have made mention of how respectful my boys are and there is a level of trust I have with both of them and how they will always make the right decisions.

Although one might think that defining your own worldview is quite easy, for me it really is not.  My character is one that was developed early… who I am today isn’t really who I thought I would grow up to be.  I believe that things always happen for a reason and that who idea of right time/right place.  I often think about how my life would have been different had my husband not come home one day over 23 years ago and ask me how I felt about moving to East Texas.  I went back to school, began a career in education (not even remotely close to what I thought I would be doing).   Does technology impact where I am today with my worldview… for sure.  It is crazy to think about days without technology.  Why do things happen for reasons and how one connects their lives even with distances.  Do I understand the world?  Do I have questions?  Absolutely.  I have questions as to why things happen – there are things we probably won’t ever have the answers to.  Right now, my questions and worldview relate to tragedies that are happening with guns.  What causes someone to turn and think that killing someone is the thing to do.  I read something recently about gun control – I personally think it is a deeper problem, mental health is a bigger issue.

What is research to me? How does that compare with our in-class definition? How does that help me? How does that make things more difficult when I work with others

Research to me:  an investigation to seek out truth about a topic.  It is a comparison of the information looking for patterns, testing the truths, understanding more about a topic, seeking information that substantiates what you think you know but look for ways to stretch upon information and develop new understandings.  I think research is being inquisitive about topics in which you are passionate about and find information that makes you think, “huh, I didn’t know that or realize that and then search to seek out more about the topic”.

Research is also supported by processes in which you look for data which supports the ideals and not just generalized statements with no proof.  Research is also the stories with rich dialogues but with consistency which helps you understand why the topic is important or adds value to the growing pieces.

My topic is pretty comparable to our in-class definition.  Thinking about research is interesting as to how technology has changed the way one does research?  Does it get easier with the access?  I don’t think so.  I think you have to much more critical and review from a deeper lens — with access comes the tragedy of just including content because of the availability.