Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

Ahearn studied keywords and titles that she generated from the keywords and title of articles from the American Ethnologist journal. The samples chosen were the years 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. On discussing the survey results, Ahearn argues that the selection of keywords has social, intellectual, political, and economic influences that may or may not … Continue reading Ahearn, L. (2013). Keywords as a Literacy Practice (Summary)

Gidley, B. (2012). Doing Historical and Documentary Research (Summary)

Archival research is not necessarily a method, but a source of information. Primary sources reflect a first-hand account, and secondary are usually a written text. Archival sources can also be oral recordings and written documents. An important consideration in using archival sources is the accessibility of information. Sources may be available to use in research, … Continue reading Gidley, B. (2012). Doing Historical and Documentary Research (Summary)

Tonkiss, F. (2012b). Focus Groups (Summary)

A focus group is a group discussion that is facilitated and recorded by a researcher. They were originally used for market research. In focus groups, the method is the interaction, which may be facilitated with scheduled questions, topic guides, group exercises, and visual cuing. Focus groups can be useful in designing and clarifying questions for … Continue reading Tonkiss, F. (2012b). Focus Groups (Summary)

Ivey, J. (2012). The Value of Qualitative Research Methods (Summary)

This article traces the project process of a 2012 study on youth living with HIV. The point of these “Demystifying Research” articles is to have a leading researcher of nursing help readers understand the research process. The one-page article shares the methods used by the 2012 research team: an interview guide, focus groups, and field … Continue reading Ivey, J. (2012). The Value of Qualitative Research Methods (Summary)

Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

This study sought to compare the experiences of student experiences of museum tours in different forms. They studied a group of students who went through traditional guided museum tours and another group who did a virtual museum tour on a touch-based application.  Their goal was to assess both the learning outcomes of each mode of … Continue reading Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

Christensen, J. R. (2011). Four steps in the history of museum technologies and visitors’ digital participation (Summary)

In this article, Christensen traces the history of curation toward digital participation. They assert that exhibited objects are in dialogue with their surrounding paratexts. In this discussion, Christensen draws from examples of the Bode Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Dr. Johnson’s House to present four steps of museum technology history. The four steps … Continue reading Christensen, J. R. (2011). Four steps in the history of museum technologies and visitors’ digital participation (Summary)

Moore, C. (2002). The New Heart of Your Brand: Transforming Your Business through Customer Experience (Summary)

In this article, Moore discusses how to develop meaningful experiences for customers. Understanding customer experience is important because, according to Moore, experiences are what influences the future behaviors of consumers above everything else. Interacting with a business is always an experience, whether it be good or bad. Moore references Chase and Dasu in illuminating that … Continue reading Moore, C. (2002). The New Heart of Your Brand: Transforming Your Business through Customer Experience (Summary)

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble's book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up … Continue reading Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Armbrecht, J. (2014) Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost (Summary)

In this study, Armbrecht compares Customer valuation method (CVM) and Travel Cost method (TCM) to study which better assesses use value for cultural institutions. The author compared a concert hall and a museum. This was done because different institutions have different reasons for being built and for being visited. I find this to be a … Continue reading Armbrecht, J. (2014) Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost (Summary)

Bourke, B. (2010). Experiences of black students in multiple cultural spaces at a predominantly white institution (Summary)

In this article, Bourke discusses how literature reflects experiences of Black students in cultural spaces. They begin by identifying three forms of examining diversity pulled from literature. These forms are structural diversity, diversity-related Initiatives, and diverse interactions. The study for this article employed five focus groups for data collection. They describe their process in detail, … Continue reading Bourke, B. (2010). Experiences of black students in multiple cultural spaces at a predominantly white institution (Summary)