Using metaphor and montage to analyse and synthesise diverse qualitative data: Exploring the local worlds of ‘early school leavers’

Rosemary Mann, Deborah Warr

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    Abstract

    Growing interest in mixed method approaches to social research, alongside calls to expand methodological toolboxes to include the use of visual, mobile, sensory and observational methods, are generating diverse forms of research data that represent a range of ways of knowing. We discuss a study that used multiple methods to explore the circumstances of ‘early school leavers’ and show how we utilised the metaphor of pinboard logic and techniques of montage to guide the analysis, synthesis and interpretation of hetergeneous data. Pinboard logic enabled us to frame, assemble and contextualise data for analysis and interpretation, while montage suggests how these various ‘bits’ of data can be linked to develop insights into complex social scenarios. These analytic strategies accommodated the diverse expressive practices that young people used to describe their experiences, and allowed us to explore the varied circumstances associated with young people disengaging from educational opportunities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)547-558
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    Early online date12 Oct 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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