Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

This chapter from Morgan’s dissertation provides a historical background of understanding of digital artifacts in the field of archaeology. As Morgan points out, artifacts in digital form are too often considered to be ephemeral representations of tangible artifacts. This perspective does little to provide a deep understanding of digital artifacts as actual artifacts in their … Continue reading Morgan, C. L. (2012). Emancipatory Digital Archaeology (Summary)

Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces resulted to be the ideal canvas for lasting expressions of past cultures. Unfortunately, they are also accommodating for lasting vandalism, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper explores s variety of … Continue reading Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

Orfield, S. | User Experience and Heritage Preservation (Summary)

In this article, the authors discuss the decisions related to the preservation process of campus buildings. Their conclusion is that current preservation project models do not address the key components of what really drives preservation decisions. For a campus institution, the attention is on selection, cost, accuracy, and value of preservation. While this article focused … Continue reading Orfield, S. | User Experience and Heritage Preservation (Summary)

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)

A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

This paper explores the evolution of gold mining technology in California, and the negative repercussions for indigenous uses of natural resources. First, I have provided an exploration of the different techniques used by California placer miners, and their subsequent effects on the environment. My discussion looks at the difference in worldview between Indigenous people and … Continue reading A History of Gold Mining Technology in California and Subsequent Impacts on Natural Resources (2012)

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)

Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)

Many cultures have worldviews which are similar in process to science but have been designated to be myth or magic for not being disseminated in a standardized manner. This paper examines the social and historical development of indigenous stewardship models. There has been a lack of integration between the native science perspective and the scientific … Continue reading Breaking Barriers | Integrating Native Scientific Perspectives into Resource Management Frameworks (2013)