Monday, 7 May 2012

Paper Alert: Making Use of Audio Diaries in Research with Young People

Don't forget that you don't always need to resort to the same old default position of interviewing people when conducting qualitative research. There is a considerable difference between concurrent and retrospective knowledge and audio-recording allows for the former.

Making Use of Audio Diaries in Research with Young People: Examining Narrative, Participation and Audience

by Nancy Worth
University of Leeds
Sociological Research Online 14(4)9 


This article examines the use of audio diaries as an innovative method for research with young people. As the second stage of a project about visually impaired (VI) young people's transitions to adulthood, young people recorded their experiences and reflections about growing up on microcassette recorders. As a follow-up to a narrative interview, audio diaries allowed the research to get closer to the lives of young people, as participants actively reinterpreted the research questions in the context of their own lives. This article focuses on the utility of audio diaries—detailing the research process and the accessibility of the method for VI young people. Then, using excerpts from a set of twenty-two audio diaries, this article examines how the audio diary technique designed for this project engages with three key issues: how audio diaries capture narrative in distinctive ways; how the method can be employed within a participatory framework; and how audio diaries 

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