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Abstract

As the use of Computer-assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) becomes recurrent in qualitative research, researchers who use this methodological approach need to consider how ethical issues present themselves when we use these types of tools. In this introductory text to the Special Issue of The Qualitative Report, we identify and discuss some of the ethical aspects that we believe are interconnected with CAQDAS. By doing so, we hope to contribute to the reflection on these aspects and the definition of a praxis regarding ethical procedures when using a CAQDAS.

Keywords

Ethics, CAQDAS, Qualitative Research, Mixed Methods Research

Author Bio(s)

Catarina Brandão is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP) and full member of Centre for Psychology at the same University (CPUP). Author of papers and book chapters in the area of Organizational Psychology, with a particular emphasis on leadership and people management processes. Has published in the field of qualitative research and CAQDAS. Member of the Organizing Committee of the Ibero-American Congress on Qualitative Research (www.ciaiq.org) and the World Conference on Qualitative Research (WCQR). Correspondence regarding this paper can also be addressed directly to: Catarina Brandão at catarina@fpce.up.pt.

António Pedro Costa holds a PhD in Education Multimedia (University of Aveiro). He is a Researcher in Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) at the University of Aveiro. He is one of the webQDA (www.webqda.net) software authors/researchers. He coordinates the Iberian-American Congress on Qualitative Research (www.ciaiq.org) and the World Conference on Qualitative Research (www.wcqr.info) that annually gather more than 300 researchers. Correspondence regarding this paper can also be addressed directly to: António Pedro Costa at apcosta@ua.pt.

Acknowledgements

This work is financially supported by National Funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., under the project UID/CED/00194/2019.

Publication Date

12-4-2020

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