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Chapter 7: MARTIN, a Computer Software Program: On Listening to What the Text Says
There is an apprehension among interpretive textual researchers that, in addition to its other potential negative effects (Apple, 1988; Streibel, 1988), technology has a reductive effect on the interpretation of complex phenomena. At the same time, researchers face a troubling but real dilemma: how can voluminous textual materials be studied, shared, stored, and retrieved efficiently without benefit of technology? Regardless of the validity of their apprehension, it can be argued that not utilizing technological tools can have as great an impact on research as using them by limiting studies to those that are smaller, less complex, and more realizable.
The mental and ...