Course Leaders: Dr Bella Dicks and Guest Presenters
Encouraged by the proliferation of multimedia technologies, qualitative researchers may now produce very diverse kinds of data in their fieldwork: field notes, sound recordings (of interviews, conversations or naturally occurring events), photographs (created by participants and/or researchers themselves), video images, drawings, e-mail correspondence, etc. It is important to be critically aware of the opportunities and limitations that these various modes of data create for knowledge generation. How they can we make informed choice between various modes and media? How can various modes be meaningfully combined in research practice? What are the implications of broadening out our tools and technologies?
This two-day workshop encompassed the collection and analysis of multiple modes of qualitative research data. Primarily based on the combined use of textual, visual and audio data this workshop gave participants practical insights into the affordances and limitations of different modes of qualitative data. Participants had the opportunity to experiment with collecting and analysing different kinds of qualitative data and considered how they might be combined, both practically and theoretically.