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The Teenage Expertise Network (TEN): an online ethnographic approach


Johnson, NF and Humphry, N, The Teenage Expertise Network (TEN): an online ethnographic approach, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 25, (6) pp. 723-739. ISSN 0951-8398 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education on 26/08/2011, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/09518398.2011.590160


The take-up of digital technology by young people is a well-known phenomenon and has been subject to socio-cultural analysis in areas such as youth studies and cultural studies. The Teenage Expertise Network (TEN) research project investigates how teenagers develop technological expertise in techno-cultural contexts via the use of a purposefully designed, youth-friendly, online environment significant in this current age of Internet-mediated learning and rapid technological development. The design of TEN follows principles of ethnographic research adapted to an online environment. This article discusses the design, objectives and outworkings of this new media object, highlighting the tensions associated with conducting online research. This article considers why and how we should reengineer online methodologies and the complexities associated therein. It discusses the classification of this method considering the literature surrounding online data collection methods and virtual ethnography.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teenagers, expertise, technology, ethnographic, online, methodology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Humphry, N (Dr Nicoli Barnes)
ID Code:136882
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-01-21
Last Modified:2020-05-20
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