Going mobile: mediating participant interviews through creative and collaborative methods

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Why complicate things? asked an EdD friend when she heard of my plans for an online survey followed by two phases of individual interviews, each mediated by artefacts and photographs made or found by participants, mindmaps co-created by participants and researcher and participant-led tour of places and spaces either IRL or using handmade, virtual or published maps.

Mobile methods, such as those planned for the second phase of interviews, focus on the interaction of people with places and spaces. Not yet widely used in educational research, ‘go-along’ pioneer Kusenbach (2012) argues that they are suitable for use in educational contexts, although Castrodale (2018) warns that there are important exclusionary concerns related to disability and mental health to bear in mind.

In this session you will:
• learn about the affordances and constraints of mobile methods,
• find out the rationale and practicalities of my data collection strategy, and
• share your own experiences and advice on using creative research methods.

My EdD study investigates how teacher leadership is understood and experienced in Scotland. The aim is for the data yielded by mobile and other creative methods to provide a multi-faceted portrait of the situation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2020
EventOnline International Doctoral Research Conference in Education - Centre for Educational Research (CERES), Liverpool John Moores University
Duration: 8 Jul 20208 Jul 2020


ConferenceOnline International Doctoral Research Conference in Education
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  • interviews


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