Drawings are employed by qualitative researchers in many creative ways, and in many different contexts, and a variety of different terms are used to describe similar techniques. I present here a concise description of two basic approaches to integrating participants’ produced drawings into verbal qualitative research interviews, along with characteristic cases of empirical research demonstrating how these approaches have been applied. I also provide a list of best practices and I discuss ethical issues. It is common for qualitative researchers to mix techniques in order to creatively address real-world research challenges. The proposed categorization, augmented by the list of best practices, can help researchers to effectively integrate drawings and verbal interviews into a multimodal research project.
Participatory Research, Visual Methods, Drawings, Interviews, Multimodal, Best Practices, Psychotherapy, Qualitative Research
Many thanks to my students in the Qualitative Research Course I teach at Panteion University for granting me permission to use their drawings.
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Recommended APA Citation
Brailas, A. (2020). Using Drawings in Qualitative Interviews: An Introduction to the Practice. The Qualitative Report, 25(12), 4447-4460. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss12/14