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ERIC Number: EJ892221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Assumptions, Emotions, and Interpretations as Ethical Moments: Navigating a Small-Scale Cross-Cultural Online Interviewing Study
Frisoli, Paul St. John
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n4 p393-405 Jul 2010
In this paper, I map important "messy" elements that I learned from my five-month small-scale research project, one that was designed around pivotal works on online social research. I used computers and the Internet with Minan, a young man living in Guinea, West Africa, in order to examine his perceptions surrounding the value of these technological tools for his future. Throughout the paper, I address multiple levels of ethics in practice such as recognizing the different effects that the Internet environment can have on participants, the realities that cross-cultural barriers pose the researcher and the participant, the impact of previous relationships on the research process, and how meanings produced by language are easily misinterpreted via the Internet. As a result, I assert that during online social research, reflexivity is a moral obligation, where meaning and representation can have a tendency to be skewed, especially when working in cross-cultural situations. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Guinea