Knockin' on Digital Doors: Dealing with Online [Dis]Credit in an Era of Digital Scientific Inquiry

Knockin' on Digital Doors: Dealing with Online [Dis]Credit in an Era of Digital Scientific Inquiry

Rosalina Pisco Costa (University of Évora, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1072-7.ch003
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Abstract

This chapter aims at presenting and discussing credible online recruitment eliciting techniques targeting scientific purposes adjusted to the digital age. Based on several illustrations conducted by the author within the framework of both quantitative and qualitative inquiries, this chapter critically explores the digital ethos in three main challenges faced when dealing with online recruitment for scientific purposes: entering the normality of the everyday life, entering the idiosyncrasy of multicultural lives, and entering the chaos of busy lives. By the end, a toolbox for establishing and evaluating (dis)credibility within online recruitment strategies is presented. Moreover, it is argued that success of data collection at the present time in online environments seems to rely as ever on internal factors of the communication process vis-à-vis e-mail content, design and related strategies.
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Background: How Does The Internet Affect Social Science Inquiry?

Traditionally, recruitment for scientific research was based essentially in person-to-person communication, which, in turn, was anchored on external factors such as the credibility of the organizing or funding institution, usually a university or research center, or the researcher or team reputation (Patton, 2002; Schostak, 2006).

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