The Effects of Computer Assisted Research on Chilean Academics

Francisco Osorio

Abstract


The purpose of this article is to describe the use of computer software by Chilean social scientists engaged in both qualitative and quantitative research. Because of its increasing use it is important to trace its development to understand the effects of this technology on the academic and professional community in a South American country. Rather than receiving certified training most academics have taught themselves how to use such software. This has been due, in part, to increasing pressure placed upon universities from the professional labor market, the utilization of the software by increasing numbers of researchers, and the employment of this technology without considering its methodological appropriateness.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604355

Keywords


Chile; computer assisted programs; quantitative and qualitative research