Creating Deaf-Friendly Spaces for Research: Innovating Online Qualitative Enquiries

Ferndale, Danielle, Watson, Bernadette and Munro, Louise (2015) Creating Deaf-Friendly Spaces for Research: Innovating Online Qualitative Enquiries. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 3: 246-257. doi:10.1080/14780887.2015.1008902

Author Ferndale, Danielle
Watson, Bernadette
Munro, Louise
Title Creating Deaf-Friendly Spaces for Research: Innovating Online Qualitative Enquiries
Journal name Qualitative Research in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-0895
Publication date 2015-01-29
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14780887.2015.1008902
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 246
End page 257
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract In this article, we provide a reflexive account of the first author’s experience of designing and using an inclusive online forum to conduct research with people living in Australia with deafness or hearing loss. We reflect on the personal, institutional, pragmatic, and ontological influences on the project and how we managed these influences when they conflicted. In recounting this experience, we highlight the productive and restrictive aspects of doing research with deaf Australians in a university context and online. In addition to being a financially and time-effective method, the use of an online forum facilitated the recruitment of a geographically diverse sample of participants and enabled us to accommodate a range of linguistic preferences. However, as English is the dominant language in a Western context, analysing and publishing visual spatial languages in academia remains problematic, particularly in relation to the availability of expertise and issues regarding protecting anonymity.
Keyword deafness
online qualitative enquiry
visual language
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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