Description: With the growth and interest in collecting data through recording and capturing observational data visually, as well as orally, there is an increasing need to carefully inspect what methodological opportunities and challenges these types of qualitative data sources present to researchers. This seminar will examine and work through what it means to analyse visual and language data with the intention to pursue a qualitative study. With this in mind participants will be introduced to selected methodologies that help examine and make sense of: video and audio recordings from participant observations, photos (including participant auto-photography), the use of drawing and photos for prompted recall interviews and analysis of language derived from texts or transcripts, as well as the ethical consideration in analysing video and language.
Prerequisites: approved 2 month PhD study plan
Learning objectives: Developing the understanding, skills and competencies needed to prepare for and think about methodologies that support the analysis of visual and textual data. Specifically this includes the choice and use of particular strategies and tools for data gathering and analysis that should be related to the theoretical framework outlined. Learning outcomes will focus on particular methodologies within particular traditions and 'schools of thought' especially those that embrace and have implications for both data gathering and analysis.
Teaching methods: We adopt a dialogic style together with the course participants for discussing and working on how our different ideas may be enmeshed in the analysis design, reflect on different literature, also to demonstrate ways in which research projects develop in iterative, fluid, and often unexpected ways. Teaching methods will include group work / working in smaller groups to discuss how particular methodologies can be adopted to support the analysis of visual and textual data.
Criteria for assessment: Participants will be expected to prepare a detailed plan for the analysis procedures of their visual and/or textual research data, based on a methodologically underpinned argument that needs to be handed in two weeks after the completion of the workshop.
Key literature:
Goldman, Pea, Barron & Derry (2007). Video research in the learning sciences. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.

Sullivan, P. (2011). Qualitative data analysis using a dialogical approach. SAGE Publications Limited.

Thomson, P. (2008). Doing visual research with children and young people. London, New York: Routledge.

Kress, G., & van Leeuwen, T. (2006). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. Second edition. New York: Routledge.

Otrel-Cass, K., Cowie, B. & Maguire, M. (2010). Taking video cameras into the classroom. Waikato Journal of Education, 15(2), 109-118.

Bernard, H. Russel (2006). Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 4th Edition. London: Altamira Press.

Organizer: Alyne Delaney

Lecturers: Kathrin Otrel-Cass and Alyne Delaney


Time: 9-10 April, 2014

Place: Aalborg University, Skibbrogade 5, room Skb5 b1/18

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 19 March, 2014