Thriving Across the Lifespan and Around the Globe: Day in the Life Visual Research Approach

Behind the Scene: Reflections on Researchers' Experiences While Capturing Audio-Visual Data during a Day in the Life

Author(s): Nora Didkowsky* and Cindy Lau

Pp: 27-37 (11)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681088808121010007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


In this chapter, we reflect on the making of a Day in the Life (DITL), that is, the audio-visual methodologies used to examine resilience processes for youth in transition in diverse contexts (Cameron, Theron, Tapanya, Li, Lau, Liebenberg & Ungar, 2013). We explore the experience of capturing visual data in quasi-ecological settings from the researcher's perspective. We give an account of how our training as DITL researchers, the equipment we utilized, the social and physical environments in which the filming occurred, decisions about sound, lighting and compositionality, unanticipated ethical quandaries in the field, and participants' reactions to the camera, all played essential roles in the visual data co-created with participants.

Keywords: Audio-visual Methods, Co-construction of Research Data, Ethics in the Field, Practical and Technological Research Considerations, Qualitative Research, Researcher Experience, Visual Data Analysis.

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