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Abstract

The presence of qualitative research groups on Web 2.0 social networking applications, like Facebook, has continued to grow. These groups are self organizing systems of people interested in particular aspects of qualitative research. Many of these qualitative research groups have companion internet websites and some also have companion YouTube channels, creating a very strong cyber presence. While visitors to these groups are encouraged to evaluate their quality for themselves, in general, the groups provide accessibility and good information for practitioners, students, and teachers of qualitative research alike. Most importantly, a number of these online qualitative research groups can serve as incubators for innovation for both the group members and visitors to the groups.

Keywords

Facebook, Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research Groups, Web 2.0, and Social Networking

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Maureen Duffy is the Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report and The Weekly Qualitative Report at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She is a family therapist and consultant in private practice and can be contacted at 501 Grand Concourse, Miami Shores, FL 33138 USA; Telephone: 305.335.8043; Fax: 305.758.6276; E-mail: mwhelehan@gmail.com.

Publication Date

11-3-2008

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 1, Issue 5

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