The Technological mediation in pandemic and the considerations for interpretive phenomenological analysis




Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Technology mediation, Online disinhibitory effect, Qualitative research


This case study describes how we need to adapt the application of one interpretative phenomenological analysis [IPA]] as an approach, method and technique, when the interactions are online. The scenario takes place in a Chilean higher education institution, under the restrictions of confinement due to the pandemic. The suggestions in these three levels of IPA are shown, based on an investigation carried out on two undergraduate courses of the psychology career whose research question will address understanding the perceptions of the participants, in non-contact courses. We discuss around three ideas: 1) to identify the limits that contextual situations place on the application of the methods of interpretative phenomenological analysis, 2) to understand the ways in which preconceptions affect decision-making, during the application of the method, and 3) to evaluate the limitations of the method when the interactions are online instead of face-to-face. Therefore, the present text explores and discusses the adjustments that researchers must take into account when contextual situations are limiting the application of an IPA and how preconceived ideas affect decision making. Technology is more than a material tool because it has an impact on our emotional response, expressed as a change in the way another person can see us, or by limiting and expanding our communication skills. It is necessary to consider its effects on the meaning contained in the data. Thus, although technological mediation as an approach does not detract from its interpretative value, as a method it must incorporate the technological element as a means and regulator of the learning experience whose evidence can be found in non-verbal communications.

Author Biographies

Maite Jiménez-Peralta, Observatorio de responsabilidade Social, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso - Chile

Dr. Maite Jimenez-Peralta graduated from a BSc in Engineering with a minor in Food Engineering, and has a background in university management and quality assurance. She also graduated from a PhD in Psychology. Her research interests are in social responsibility in universities and professional teaching. She explores the subjects identities and performatives effects of the discourses. She also continues to work with communities and colleagues in these areas.

Nowadays she is a member of the Social responsibility Observatory of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and she participates in networks such as ODUCAL and CLADEA. She gives support to NGO La Matriz as Project Designer.

She has experience in undergraduate teaching, professional training (online and offline modes programs) and giving support in curricular design and quality assurance processes in graduate programs.

Her experience as a consultant, together with her university work, gives her a broad perspective over the educational phenomena

Carlos Zamora-Bugueño, Universidad Autónoma de Chile - Chile

Dr. Carlos Zamora-Bugueño is a psychologist and his research interests are public health, discursive analysis and sociology of work. He has taught methodology in several Chilean universities and nowadays he is a professor in Universidad Autónoma de Chile. His educational fields include undergraduates courses, professional training and graduate courses.

He has worked in the field of health management research, in health services and establishments from a public health perspective, and also process management in public services.

His experience as a professional and manager, together with his work in teaching, research, training and intervention in matters of public health and management of public services, allows him to have a complex and complete knowledge of the area of Management of Public Health Services. Along with his Chilean work he is connected with Brazilian research networks, where he is currently expanding his research


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How to Cite

Maite Jiménez-Peralta, & Carlos Zamora-Bugueño. (2022). The Technological mediation in pandemic and the considerations for interpretive phenomenological analysis. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 15, e755.