Conducting Congruent, Ethical Qualitative Research on Internet-Mediated Research Environments

Conducting Congruent, Ethical Qualitative Research on Internet-Mediated Research Environments

M. Maczewski (University of Victoria, Canada), M.A. Storey (University of Victoria, Canada) and M. Hoskins (University of Victoria, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-937-3.ch177
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Abstract

Research practices in Internet-mediated environments are influenced by the dynamic interplay of online, onground and technical research spheres. This chapter illuminates the different ways in which studies can be located within these spheres and explores the resulting implications for researcher-participant relationships. Issues of participant recruitment, data collection, data use and ownership, trust and voice are discussed. The authors suggest that to conduct ethical qualitative research online, the researcher is required to develop and demonstrate awareness of the specific Internet-mediated research contexts, knowledge of technologies used and of research practices congruent with the situatedness of the study.

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