Telephone mediated academic discourse as a case study of heuristically organised research

Year: 1992

Author: Thompson, Diane

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Twenty years ago Parlett and Hamilton wrote of organising research heuristically, with the researchers "progressively focusing and redefining the areas of study as the study unfolds, in the light of accumulating experience and as the ÿ@ÿ5critical issues-to-be studied become uncovered".

This paper will consider the author's work in the area of telephone mediated academic discourse as a case study of heuristically organised research. It will consider how the dialogue between conception and investigation, data and theory, formulation and critique shaped and re-shaped the research as it evolved and freed the researcher from the constraints of the traditional linear model.

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