Schome Park Research

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Overview

There are four main research questions for the schome-NAGTY Teen Second Life Pilot to explore:

  1. To what extent do the SParkers engage with Teen Second Life?
  2. To what extent do the SParkers develop in-world skills?
  3. To what extent do the SParkers develop knowledge age skills?
  4. What lessons did we learn about using Teen Second Life?

If you click on one of the questions above you will be taken to a page where we explain that question in a bit more detail as well as provide info about how we are attempting to answer it. So for example, the lessons learnt question leads to a page which has links to a description of how we set up Schome Park and what folk have been getting up to on the island, which feed into the lessons learnt.

The schome-NAGTY Teen Second Life Pilot's final report is available to download as a pdf file (714kb)

Things for SParkers to do

In-world meetings

Date Time
Friday 30th March 8pm to 9pm Notes from this session - explaining how SParkers can get involved in the research

Fill in the questionnaires

Please fill in questionnaire 1 - it will take less than 9 minutes (honest).

Help with the interviews

Check out the SNP semi-structured interviews page and help us collect and analyse data.

Attend the Young Researchers Workshop

Sign-up for the Young Researchers Workshop on Tuesday 24th April at 5pm to 6pm to develop your interviewing skills, collecting some real data.

Publicise the research

Write a tv pitch about this research.

Contribute to the Phase 2 Report for Becta

Help write up the case studies for the SPP Phase 2 Report ...

Ethics

This research is being conducted within the ethical guidelines set out by BERA.

All participants have given informed consent - and can withdraw that consent at any point (and without having to give a reason).

Transparency is central to our ethical stance.

Recording Chatlogs for Research Purposes

All staff members are recording all their chats when in SchomePark. Recording and Emailing Chatlogs are an important part of the research process to help us make sense of what is going on in SchomePark, and staff are being asked to use of the SLog tool as a means of reflection(see: Using the SLOG). This data is essential to the research efforts.