A scoping review to identify the techniques frequently used when analysing qualitative visual data
|Smith SK, Mountain GA and Hawkins RJ (2016) A scoping review to identify the techniques frequently used when analysing qualitative visual data. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 19(6): 693-715.
|Challenges were encountered when attempting to analyse video based data during a project exploring touch screen computer technology with people living with dementia. In order to inform the analytic process, a scoping review of published evidence was undertaken. Results of the scope illustrated the use of various techniques when analysing visual data, the most common of which was the transcription of video into text and analysed using conversation analysis. Three additional issues emerged in the course of the review. First, there is an absence of detail when describing the ethical implications involved when utilising visual methods in research. Second, limited priority is given to providing a clear rationale for utilising visual methods when audio or field notes may have been a viable alternative. Third, only 40% of reviewed articles clearly stated a chosen methodology. The conclusions of the review illustrate a lack of consistency across studies in the overall reporting of research methods and recommend that authors be explicit in their reporting of methodological issues across the research process.
|The PhD is funded by the ESRC as part of the White Rose University Consortium
|Visual methods; Data analysis; Video recording; Qualitative research
|A scoping review to identify the techniques frequently used when analysing qualitative visual data
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