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Using unconventional media to disseminate qualitative research

By Bella Dicks and Rachel Hurdley

Abstract

This article draws on a project (funded\ud by the Qualiti node of the ESRC National\ud Centre for Research Methods) that\ud investigated the implications of using\ud non-conventional media for representing\ud and disseminating qualitative research\ud findings. It follows a series of previous,\ud ESRC-funded projects investigating the\ud methodological and empirical uses of\ud hypermedia and multimedia for qualitative\ud fieldwork-based research1. Following\ud Weaver and Atkinson’s early work\ud on hypertext for qualitative analysis\ud (1994), in 2002-2005 the team constructed\ud an innovative, digital\ud ‘ethnographic hypermedia environment’\ud (EHE) containing an interactive\ud multimedia dataset, analysis and authoring2\ud . This suggested further research\ud was needed on the differences in meaning\ud produced through mixed media digital\ud authoring as opposed to traditional\ud written print. Whilst scholarly dissemination\ud is still dominated by print, the ready\ud availability of new technologies allowing\ud web-based audio-visual media and\ud ‘hyperlinking’ (clickable text) invites\ud questions about what roles different\ud media can play in scholarly output today.\ud For example, can edited video-sequences\ud be used in ways analogous to a print\ud article? And with what effect on the\ud integrity and credibility of scholarly argumentation

Topics: H1
Publisher: Qualiti
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:26402
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