The ‘Blogosphere’ as a platform for interpretative phenomenological analysis: the case of TEFL tourism

Stainton, Hayley (2016) The ‘Blogosphere’ as a platform for interpretative phenomenological analysis: the case of TEFL tourism. Current Issues in Tourism. ISSN 1368-3500

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Abstract The use of the Internet is becoming increasingly integral to the day-to-day operations of society, facilitating an inter-connected and globalised world, where geographic barriers are no longer a defining criteria for communication. This opens the researcher up to a realm of research opportunities, which to-date have been under-exploited. This paper contributes to the wider body of literature addressing the concept of Online research, demonstrating in practice how it can be utilised in the context of interpretative phenomenological analysis. It is argued that netnography is akin to IPA in that it accounts for an individual’s personal perception or account of an event or state, as opposed to attempting to produce an objective record. This paper outlines how blog analysis can be utilised in the context of IPA, demonstrating how this worked in practice during the initial exploratory research phase of the TEFL tourism phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Netnography, Internet, blog, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, TEFL
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: Ms Jackie McPeak
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 11:21
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 15:03

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