Beyond the standard interview: The use of graphic elicitation and arts-based methods

Bagnoli, Anna (2009) Beyond the standard interview: The use of graphic elicitation and arts-based methods. Qualitative Research, 9 (5). pp. 547-570.

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This article reviews three visual methods based on drawing that I applied in my research on young people: the arts-based projective technique, the self-portrait, and the graphic elicitation methods of the relational map and the timeline. Examples of these methods are drawn from their application in two studies, the Narratives of Identity and Migration project, exploring young people and identities in England and Italy, and the Young Lives and Times. The article argues that applying these drawing methods in the context of an interview can open up participants’ interpretations of questions, and allow a creative way of interviewing that is responsive to participants’ own meanings and associations. The article discusses the analytical potential of graphic elicitation and arts-based methods, by making reference to the insights that they offered in the contextual analysis with more traditional text-based data. The efficacy of these methods is critically discussed, together with their limitations, and their potential within the context of qualitative longitudinal research.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:2. Data Collection > 2.9 Visual Methods
2. Data Collection > 2.12 Data Collection (other)
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:774
Deposited By: Realities user
Deposited On:24 Apr 2009 09:30
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