From understanding the concepts of research and gathering data, to writing it all up and sharing knowledge, this book will guide your students to become researchers by giving them: • a confident start with clarity on core concepts and getting it right ethically • step-by-step guidance at each point in the research process, showing them diversity in approaches, the impact of context and how to overcome problems • case studies of how real researchers embrace the challenges, surprises and successes of research • an emphasis on the person in context, so their research is reflective of the realities of social work and social care practice • a guide to writing it up and achieving impact and positive change with research.
Looking and Seeing1: Visual Methods
- The epistemological positions or paradigms where visual methods are appropriate
- When and with whom these methods may be most useful
- Basic introductory material about several mainstream ‘looking and seeing’ methods
- The skills needed by researchers for using these methods.
In this chapter we have grouped together a number of research methods that rely on ‘looking and seeing’; that is, methods which are mostly visual. This includes interpreting found visual materials, creating visual materials, as well as disseminating research findings.
As a diverse group of methods they reach across disciplines and are often used in multi- and interdisciplinary settings. The diversity is evident in both the sorts of images used (photographs, diagrams, relational maps, timelines, self-portraits, ...