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Researcher reflexivity: exploring the impacts of CAQDAS use


Woods, M and Macklin, RB and Lewis, GK, Researcher reflexivity: exploring the impacts of CAQDAS use, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19, (4) pp. 385-403. ISSN 1364-5579 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13645579.2015.1023964


Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) programs are established tools for qualitative research. Making informed decisions when using them requires researchers to understand how they affect research practices and outcomes. In this article we consider the impact of CAQDAS on researcher reflexivity. Reviewing three decades of literature, we identify specific ‘reflexive moments’ experienced by CAQDAS users, the contexts in which they occur, the issues they raise, and the reflexive awareness they generate. The ways in which CAQDAS can enhance or undermine researcher reflexivity are also reported. By doing so, we aim to help researchers and especially research students (and their supervisors) understand the relationship between CAQDAS and reflexivity and the reflexive moments they may encounter when using such software.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business systems in context
Research Field:Business information systems
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Technological ethics
UTAS Author:Woods, M (Dr Megan Woods)
UTAS Author:Macklin, RB (Dr Rob Macklin)
UTAS Author:Lewis, GK (Dr Gemma Lewis)
ID Code:101980
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-07-22
Last Modified:2017-04-20

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