The Present Study: Research Design
Jennifer Ewald [+]
Saint Joseph's University
This chapter outlines particular methodological issues underlying the present study. It describes the important role of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in e-mail research, the data collection process, the particular participants and context involved in this study, including the number of actual e-mail messages under investigation, and the methods of data analysis used to investigate these student e-mails. This chapter also addresses advantages and disadvantages involved in analyzing natural versus elicited data.