Challenges of Constructing a Multiple-Perspective Domain Analysis of Neurodiversity

Annuska Zolyomi


When constructing a domain analysis of a phenomenon, researchers will likely encounter complexity in the method and resulting outcome, such as a taxonomy or thesaurus. This paper reflects upon a recent endeavor to conduct a domain analysis of neurodiversity with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through the construction of this multi-faceted taxonomy, the researchers faced challenges regarding framing the perspectives represented by the taxonomy and addressing gaps and changes in the taxonomy. These challenges raise methodological, ethical, and technical issues. Ultimately, the researchers’ biases are inherent in their editorial decisions and are influential, yet often hidden, factors in the domain analysis.


Domain analysis, neurodiversity, autism

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