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Social and Virtual Networks: Evaluating Synchronous Online Interviewing Using Instant Messenger

Hinchcliffe, Vanessa and Gavin, Helen (2009) Social and Virtual Networks: Evaluating Synchronous Online Interviewing Using Instant Messenger. The Qualitative Report, 14 (2). pp. 318-340. ISSN 1052-0147

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    Abstract

    This paper describes an evaluation of the quality and utility of
    synchronous online interviewing for data collection in social network
    research. Synchronous online interviews facilitated by Instant Messenger
    as the communication medium, were undertaken with ten final year
    university students. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis of
    respondent and researcher evaluation of the quality and utility of IM
    indicated that IM was an integral part of student university life and also
    an excellent and innovative communication platform; a potential
    advancement for research interviewing. IM was subsequently compared
    with face-to-face communication in terms of gains and losses for research
    interviewing. The efficacy of the method of online interviewing using IM in
    this context is discussed. Key Words: Synchronous Online Interviewing,
    Instant Messenger, Social Support Networks, Virtual Networks, and
    Content Analysis

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Reproduced with kind permission from the Ronald J. Chenail, Co-Editor, The Qualitative Research and The Weekly Qualitative Report, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Synchronous Online Interviewing, Instant Messenger, Social Support Networks, Virtual Networks, and Content Analysis
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: Vanessa Hinchcliffe
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2009 14:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:35
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4256

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