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H809 – Virtual ethnography (Gillen,2009) A13.4

May 16, 2011

I am back – but not on track!

I really don’t know how often I wrote that already. Every time a TMA (tutor-marked assignment) is due for one courses, than my  attention accumulate on this task,  and it is quite difficult to focus on my other course. Fortunately, this time the cut-off times for our last TMA are more spread as for the second TMA. But I am running pretty much behind and it is not easy to catch up as all the readings require time to read, to understand and to answer all the related question. Now I have to apply a strategic approach, focusing mainly on the two readings for the upcoming TMA as I definitely need to improve my grade.

Well, let’s start and find out how Gillen (2009) describes virtual ethnography and how it compares with Hammersley (2006) article.

Julia Gillen’s article is about literacy practice in Schome Park.

Here is an extract from the Schome Part website that the Schome Park programme is.

The Schome Park Programme consisted of a series of research projects, which set out to extend thinking about what education systems might be like. It ran from March 2007 until October 2008. Nearly two hundred 13 to 17 year olds, and around 50 adults, have had some level of involvement with the programme which used our ‘closed’ island(s) in Teen Second Life™ virtual world alongside this wiki and the Schome forum.

Gillen, J. (2009) “Literacy practices in Schome Park: a virtual literacy ethnography”, Journal of Research in Reading, vol. 32, no. 1, pp 57–74, available online at (Last accessed 1 May 2011)

Hammersley, M. (2006) ‘Ethnography: problems and prospects’, Ethnography and Education, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 3–14; also available online at
(Last accessed 1 May 2011).

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