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Using a wiki to underpin research: an international project about children's everyday musical activity: LRDG Seminar

Date: 9 March 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: IAS Meeting Room 1

Jèssica Pérez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and visiting researcher, University of Exeter

Dr Susan Young, University of Exeter

International Society of Music Education

The MyPlace, MyMusic Project is exploring everyday musical experience in the home among seven-year-olds in diverse international locations. It is being undertaken by a collaborative team of researchers connected through the ISMEEarly Childhood Music Education commission. Each researcher has visited one or two seven-year-olds at home to collect information about their everyday musical activities and experiences in the form of videos, photos, documents and audio-recordings and is contributing their data to a shared, common data bank.

The data has been assembled using a wiki so that the researchers have access to the collective data, - and can edit, modify and remove pages. At the moment, data is still being assembled but our aim is that the wiki will not only provide a common access point for sharing the data, but will also contribute to shared dialogue leading to project-wide interpretations as well as identifying areas of interest that members of the research team may pursue individually. Although the project is in its early days, we are interested to hypothesise about the changes to research process that the wiki has the potential bring about.

In this presentation we will explain the aims and methods of the study, explain processes in setting up the wiki and present some of our early-days ideas, both about seven-year-olds' musical experiences at home and about the processes of research enabled by a wiki, illustrating the talk with examples.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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