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On-line with e-mums: exploring the Internet as a medium for research

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This paper contributes to the emerging debate about the value of on-line research. Drawing on the experience of an Internet-based Cyberparents project, it explores the possibilities and limitations of web-based questionnaire surveys and on-line synchronous interviews. It discusses some of the implications of conducting research in the virtual arena, with particular emphasis on sampling, on-line interactions and computer-mediated conversations. Although on-line research holds promise, its potential should not be exaggerated: many of the issues and problems of conventional research still apply in the virtual venue.
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Keywords: Internet; on-line methods; parenting

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Leicester [email protected] 2: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester [email protected]

Publication date: 01 March 2002

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