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Heidi McKee and James E. Porter. The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach.

McKee, Heidi and James E. Porter. The Ethics of Digital Writing Research: A Rhetorical Approach. CCC 59.4 (2008): 711-749.


The study of writers and writing in digital environments raises distinct and complex ethical issues for researchers. Rhetoric theory and casuistic ethics, working in tandem, provide a theoretical framework for addressing such issues. A casuistic heuristic grounded in rhetorical principles can help digital writing researchers critically interrogate their research designs, carefully examine their relationships with research participants, and make sound ethical judgments.

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