6. Digital technology and ethnographic research

Carmen Lúcia Guimarães de Mattos

Abstract


Drawing primarily on the work of Frederick Erickson and Erving Goffman, this article studies the nature of digital ethnography and its implicationsfor educational research. The framework thus used acknowledges that to integrate digital culture into an analogical world while also reducingsocio-educational inequalities, researchers must look at how education is assimilating digital tools. The main goals of this article are to develop a social and educational sensibility for digital culture and its benefi ts, and to expand the critical-refl exive thinking of researchers, educators, and students. In the process, this paper may contribute to both an understanding of knowledgeadvancement in ethnography and the formulation of new research and teaching pedagogies involving digital technologies.

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