Chapter 2. The Phenomenology of Space in Writing Online

  1. Gloria Dall'Alba
  1. Max van Manen and
  2. Catherine Adams assistant professor

Published Online: 17 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch2

Exploring Education through Phenomenology

Exploring Education through Phenomenology

How to Cite

van Manen, M. and Adams, C. (2010) The Phenomenology of Space in Writing Online, in Exploring Education through Phenomenology (ed G. Dall'Alba), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322828.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Alberta, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196598

Online ISBN: 9781444322828



  • phenomenology of space in writing online;
  • integrating technology in teaching and spatial-temporal phenomenology;
  • text and computer screens - mediating pedagogical relations and educational experiences;
  • new writing technologies for text itself;
  • temporal and dimensional place and space - different experiences in writing online;
  • standalone computer with word processor, ‘wired’- as virtually unbroken connection to global network;
  • phenomenological spaces conducive to reading or writing;
  • cyberwriting and cyberspace - ‘place between’, vibrant, world springing out of thin, dark conversational space of telephone;
  • speaking of cyberspace - in terms of mythical language of netherworld;
  • online text spaces—discussion-boards, email, blogs - coming to know one another through writings alone


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Where Are We When We Write?

  • Writing Public

  • Cyberwriting

  • Writing the Distance to the Other

  • Entering the Page: Proximity and Distance

  • Writing Revisited

  • Note

  • References