The Online Academic: Case Study Narratives of Change and Resistance
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Narrative analysis ~ 1 ~ Academics &apos; work is changing. The reorganisation of higher education
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AbstractBy telling stories, we make identity claims (Ronai, 1997). This paper presents&apos; a case study exploring the stories (or narratives) of one university lecturer who teaches using a combination offace-to-face and online modes. The case study has been drawn from the pilot phase of research I am undertaking into how experienced lecturers&apos; perceive their teaching selves in live and online teaching contexts&apos; and how their teaching identities are being trans:formed through the experience of online teaching. In conversations with me, the lecturer participants&apos; are encouraged to articulate and reflect on their teaching selves as represented in website material, computer-mediated communication andface-to-face teaching/learning contexts&apos;. The case study reveals some of the emergent themes in my research and it enables a demonstration of the &apos;top-down&apos;and &apos;bottom-up&apos;discourse analysis procedures which I am developing to explore academics&apos; stories and identities. I present the identity claims and themes which have emerged in the material collected for one experienced Information Technology lecturer. I then undertake a closer narrative analysis of one extract to illustrate the interpretative procedures. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the research issues.