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The Ethics of Online Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Challenges, opportunities, and directions in ethical decision-making

The Ethics of Online Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Challenges, opportunities, and... Applied Linguistics Review 2017; 8(2-3): 163­167 Editorial Tereza Spilioti* and Caroline Tagg DOI 10.1515/applirev-2016-1033 Today more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible and searchable, and thus available for research into new media contexts. At the same time, new and diverse data types, sources and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate applied linguistic research in and about digital environments. Interest in the topic of internet research ethics is evident in acknowledgement of internet contexts in current recommendations for good practice by applied linguistics organisations (BAAL 2016), special mention of ethics-related issues in funding bids for methodological research projects (e. g. the 2015 ESRC call for NCRM Methodological Research Projects), and an increase in themed seminars and colloquia on the subject. This special issue arose from presentations and discussions on the ethics of online research methods, during a two-day workshop organised by the BAAL Special Interest Group in Language and New Media (16­17 April 2015, Cardiff University). Despite this momentum, dedicated publications of original research papers that offer critical and detailed discussion of ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis remain scarce, particularly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Linguistics Review de Gruyter

The Ethics of Online Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Challenges, opportunities, and directions in ethical decision-making

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de Gruyter
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1868-6303
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1868-6311
DOI
10.1515/applirev-2016-1033
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Abstract

Applied Linguistics Review 2017; 8(2-3): 163­167 Editorial Tereza Spilioti* and Caroline Tagg DOI 10.1515/applirev-2016-1033 Today more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible and searchable, and thus available for research into new media contexts. At the same time, new and diverse data types, sources and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate applied linguistic research in and about digital environments. Interest in the topic of internet research ethics is evident in acknowledgement of internet contexts in current recommendations for good practice by applied linguistics organisations (BAAL 2016), special mention of ethics-related issues in funding bids for methodological research projects (e. g. the 2015 ESRC call for NCRM Methodological Research Projects), and an increase in themed seminars and colloquia on the subject. This special issue arose from presentations and discussions on the ethics of online research methods, during a two-day workshop organised by the BAAL Special Interest Group in Language and New Media (16­17 April 2015, Cardiff University). Despite this momentum, dedicated publications of original research papers that offer critical and detailed discussion of ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis remain scarce, particularly

Journal

Applied Linguistics Reviewde Gruyter

Published: May 24, 2017

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