Doctoral student in Educational Research, Caitlyn Byrne, has published an article in the prestigious journal Qualitative Inquiry for a special issue on Digital Tools in Qualitative Inquiry. Her article, entitled Anonymous Social Media and Qualitative Inquiry: Methodological Considerations and Implications for Using Yik Yak as a Qualitative Data Source is now available OnlineFirst on the Qualitative Inquiry website (http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/qix/0/0). Sending congratulations to Caitlin and celebrating her hard work on this article!
Abstract: Twenty-first century researchers face new challenges as they include digital tools and contexts in their research processes. One digital context that can be difficult for researchers to navigate is social media. This article considers the ethical and methodological issues that arise for researchers who situate their work in these digital spaces. I draw from existing research to discuss how scholars might use the social media app Yik Yak as a data source. I consider how ethical practices such as privacy, disclosure, and consent might function in this new context. I also discuss the methodological implications of working in these spaces, looking specifically at data collection and analysis practices. Finally, I advocate for continued qualitative work within these spaces, using these suggestions as starting points.
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