Research indicates that visual displays in qualitative research are under-utilized and under-developed. This study aimed to reach a clearer understanding of this fact by learning from the perspective of seven editors in qualitative journals. Using a qualitative descriptive design this study explored what constitutes an appropriate and helpful use of visual displays, including examples from current practices, and recommendations in the use and creation of visual displays. This paper reveals new insights by experts and very knowledgeable personalities in the area of qualitative research. The experts’ vision provided information that favors inclusion of visuals in qualitative studies as well as reckons the need for enhancement of curricula in qualitative research education to involve teaching about and practicing alternative representations of data analysis including the use of visuals. This paper concludes with a new classification of visual displays based on their occurrence within a research report, and a list of the main criteria points used by editors for assessing the validity of visuals in qualitative research articles. Additionally, we include implications for qualitative researchers and educators interested to increase the use of visuals in qualitative articles.
Visual Display, Qualitative Research Editors, Visualization, Qualitative Data Analysis, Images, Interpreted Visuals
The authors want to thank all the participants of this study for contributing their time, perspectives, and points of view on the use of visual displays. Our utmost appreciation to: Ron Chenail, Rose Edwards, Jennifer C. Greene, Carol Grbich, Seville Kushner, James Scheurich and Robert Stake. Without their interest and wisdom this study could not have been possible.
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Scagnoli, N. I., & Verdinelli, S. (2017). Editors’ Perspective on the Use of Visual Displays in Qualitative Studies. The Qualitative Report, 22(7), 1945-1963. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2202