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What is Interpretivism

Handbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0: Technologies, Business, and Social Applications
This research approach asserts that there is no objective knowledge waiting to be discovered. Reality and knowledge are socially constructed by human beings ( Walsham, 1993 ). This epistemological position contrasts with positivist science in which hypotheses concerning an objective reality are tested and may be replicated by others.
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University 2.0: Embracing Social Networking to Better Engage the Facebook-Generation in University Life
David Griffin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-384-5.ch027
The social networking Web site is one type of Web 2.0 innovation that has been embraced by universityaged young people. The success of Facebook and similar Web sites has prompted universities to explore how they might use social networking Web sites to engage with their students. In this chapter, I argue that universities are misguided in their attempts to use social networking groups to attempt to engage with students registered with the Web sites. I present empirical evidence from a case study university to substantiate this claim. A framework is developed to categorise the university-related Facebook groups and competing theoretical perspectives on diffusion of innovation are employed to analyse the participation in these groups by students. Recommendations are made for universities, and other organisations, intending to use social networking Web sites to engage with students.
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Watching the Web: An Ontological and Epistemological Critique of Web-Traffic Measurement
A tradition in social and humanities research that assumes findings are to be interpreted by the researcher. This contrasts with positivism, which assumes the researcher “finds” or simply “observes” findings.
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Reimagining Curriculum: Responding to Qatari Culture Through Mathematics
A paradigm in educational research which is founded on the idea that reality is socially constructed, and we perceive such reality based on our subjective experiences.
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Towards Modelling Effective Educational Games Using Multi-Domain Framework
The belief in multiple observations of reality, subjective and socially constructed through language, consciousness and shared meaning.
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IS Project Management Contemporary Research Challenges
A research approach that attempts to reach an understanding of social action in order to arrive at a causal explanation of its course and effects.
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