Exploring Diary Methods in Higher Education Research: Opportunities, Choices and Challenges

Diary methods: nature, implementation and effectivenessOrganisation of this bookReferencesI: Critically designing and evaluating diary studiesUsing diaries in mixed methods designs: Lessons from a cross-institutional research project on doctoral students’ social transition experiencesIntroductionApproaches and considerations for mixed methods researchMixed methods diary researchResearch methodology adoptedReflections on using a mixed methods diary approachAdded value to researchChallenges of adopting a diary methodEthical considerationsConsiderations for developing a rigorous mixed methods diary studyConclusionAcknowledgementsReferencesHow short is too short?: Exploring diary study duration from the perspective of researching conferences and other short-term phenomena in higher education and beyondIntroduction - how long is too long ... or how short is too short?Exploring diary duration in and beyond higher education research‘In Two Places at Once’ - researching academic-carers at conferencesShort-term time-bound diary studies in higher education - troubling the termsExploring the boundaries of time-bound phenomenaThe im/possibilities of event-based samplingConclusionAcknowledgementsNotesReferencesAudio diaries: A creative research method for higher education studies in the digital ageIntroductionMethodological focus: diary studiesAudio diariesDiaries in the Language Teacher Education contextThe studyAppropriateness of audio diariesPilot studyData collectionResearcher’s reflectionsThe challengesConclusionAcknowledgementsNoteReferencesBroadening the normative and evaluative space for assessing the impact of photo diary research in higher education: A capabilities approachIntroductionDifferent approaches in photography research: understanding photo diaries and photovoiceUsing photovoice as a political instrument: photography and social justice in South African universitiesEvaluating photovoice through a capabilities lensThe photovoice projectBroadening the evaluative space for assessing the impact of photo diary researchConclusionAcknowledgementsNoteReferencesII: Exploring the nuances of the diary research processResearcher-participant ‘win-win’ in diary research: Participant recruitment and retention in a longitudinal diary-interview study on employability managementIntroductionParticipant recruitment and retention in diary researchEmployability management of Chinese international students: the studyWorking with diaristsRecruiting participants within a limited timeDemonstrating the attractiveness of the research participationParticipant-friendly research designResearcher’s rolesConclusionAcknowledgementsReferences‘I’m not really sure why I took that!’: Exploring the forms of diarying present in the participant-generated photo-elicitation methodIntroductionUnderstanding photo-elicitation’s relevance to diary researchDiarying the research designIllustrating the diarying potential of photo-elicitationFrom house to ‘home’Unexpected flowsMeaning through distanceConcluding thoughtsAcknowledgementsReferencesReactivity, rationality, emotion and self-protection: Critical reflections on the use and potential of diaries in research on higher education choice and decision-makingIntroductionRecording HE decision-making and choice processes: reflecting on ‘reactivity’, emotion and ethics in diary methodsCapturing HE decision-making and choice narratives through eventbased diariesReactivity, rationality, emotion and ethicsReactivity and ‘rational’ higher education decision-makingReactivity as reducing the space for diarising emotionsDiarising ideal choices and realised decisions: ethics, ‘damage control’ and outcomesConcluding reflections: the value of the event-based diary method in HE researchAcknowledgementsNotesReferencesTelling their own story in their own way: Negotiating the ethics of a diary-like photo-elicitation method to capture faith and belief from students’ own starting pointIntroductionContributing to existing research on religion and belief in higher educationDrawing upon diary research and photo-elicitationEthics in diary researchAn ethical dilemmaA situated ethics approachAbout the research and choices offeredCapturing the diversity of meaning-makingTaking part on their own termsConcluding reflectionsAcknowledgementsReferencesIII: The importance of diaries for researching hidden issuesAccessing silenced voices?: Diary method as a source of data for understanding higher education experiences of students from socially excluded groupsIntroductionThe use of diary method for studying HE experiences of students from SEGsThe study: solicited diaries nested in a mixed method designSolicited diary participantsSemi-structured diary format with open-ended promptsWhy choose diary method?Challenges faced in the process of diary data collection and data analysisParticipants’ concerns during the data collection processRetention of participantsQuantity and quality of diary dataAnalysis processConcluding observationsAcknowledgementsReferencesUsing photo diaries as an inclusive method to explore information experiences in higher educationIntroductionInformation, print and accessibility in HEOur diary-photograph: diary-interview studyDiary-photograph: diary-interview in practiceVariation in quality and quantity of entriesLack of researcher controlSelectivity of participant responsesInequity of the format for all participantsConclusionAcknowledgementsNoteReferencesCloser to the feeling?: Exploring diary methods for higher education research on affective phenomenaIntroduction: diary methods and higher education research on affective phenomenaDoctoral education research on emotion, affect and felt experienceDiary research on emotions and affective phenomena in HE and beyondUsing diary method to investigate felt experience: the ‘Uneasy Feelings’ studyA reflexive account of methodological decision-makingConcluding thoughtsAcknowledgementsReferencesThe diary method and its power to record the routine and forgettable in the language lives of international studentsIntroductionThe usefulness of the diary method in capturing micro-level dataThe challenges in capturing micro-level dataApproaches to maximising the potential of the diary methodThe studyBackgroundStudy overviewMethodologyWhy the diary method?Successes and challenges of the diary methodCapturing the routine and forgettableThe burden of diarising and implications for the researchMaximising the potential of the diary methodConclusionReferencesAfterword: Ensuring the continued success of diary research inhigher educationParticipants’ personal investment in diary studiesThe revelatory and creativity strengths of diary research are consistent with the mission of higher educationWe need to adopt pedagogical strategies to ensure a robust future for diary researchReferences
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