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Experimental Methods in IIR: The Tension between Rigour and Ethics in Studies Involving Users with Dyslexia

Berget, G. and MacFarlane, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8057-0737 (2019). Experimental Methods in IIR: The Tension between Rigour and Ethics in Studies Involving Users with Dyslexia. In: CHIIR '19: Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. (pp. 93-101). New York, USA: ACM. ISBN 9781450360258

Abstract

Designing user studies in the interactive information retrieval (IIR) paradigm on people with impairments may sometimes require different methodological considerations than for other users. Consequently, there may be a tension between what the community regards as being a rigorous methodology against what researchers can do ethically with their users. This paper discusses issues to consider when designing IIR studies involving people with dyslexia, such as sampling, informed consent and data collection. The conclusion is that conducting user studies on participants with dyslexia requires special considerations at all stages of the experimental design. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness and understanding in the research community about experimental methods involving users with dyslexia, and addresses researchers, as well as editors and reviewers. Several of the issues raised do not only apply to people with dyslexia, but have implications when researching other groups, for instance elderly people and users with learning, cognitive, sensory or motor impairments.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Berget, Gerd and MacFarlane, Andrew | ACM 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHIIR '19: Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, https://doi.org/10.1145/3295750.3298939
Publisher Keywords: Interactive information retrieval; User studies; Dyslexia; Impairments
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 13:26
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23739
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