One of my classes is “Qualitative Research in Education” taught by Dr. Diane Barone. She is a pretty amazing professor so far, and I am really looking forward to the actually doing the research project in this class.
Which brings me to the idea I had for the research. Dan Meyer, in his Keynote at TMC14 was asking “Who is the #MTBoS? Dan was doing a quantitative study on the #MTBoS, and I think he created more questions than he answered.
One advantage to qualitative research over quantitative research is it is more focused on the Who and the Why questions. In tonight’s class we had to present our potential questions, and mine was accepted with no revisions or modifications.
“How are K-12 math teachers using Twitter in their Personal Learning Networks?”
This is just a pilot study, I am not going to go through the IRB to get approval for publication. I think there is absolutely some worthwhile research that can be published, but not in this first class.
I have found research about Library Information Specialists and their use of Twitter, I have found research about technology specialists and their use of Twitter, but nothing about classroom teachers, let alone math teachers.
What do you think? Are you interested in the answer too?