The visualities of digital story mapping: teaching the 'messiness' of qualitative methods through story mapping technologies

Dickinson, S. and Telford, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8430-4866, 2020. The visualities of digital story mapping: teaching the 'messiness' of qualitative methods through story mapping technologies. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. ISSN 0309-8265

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Abstract

Increasing attention is being given to how educators might incorporate digital story-mapping into undergraduate geography teaching and assessment, with a particular focus evident on the quantitative and GIS-based values of these technologies. However, we argue that the visual elements of digital story-mapping technologies also raise questions about how students understand, organize and represent the experiences of doing qualitative research. Utilizing the concept of "digital visuality", we argue that the broader sociopolitical and cultural contexts that inform qualitative methods teaching (particularly epistemological debates about narrating embodied, "messy" research encounters) shape how students represent qualitative research in a visual form. Using empirical vignettes derived from a ArcGIS Story Map assessment at a UK tertiary institution, this paper frames story-mapping technologies as a more-than-visual form of research representation. We argue that the decisions faced by students about how to present ("can I show ethics in a picture?"), order (“I can’t show that video here”), and reflect on methodological rigour ("Is it still valid data if I type-up my journal?"), stimulates important learning opportunities. Subsequently, the article is not just intended to "make-a-case" for such technology, but also to raise important questions about the digital visualities of qualitative research representation for geographical education.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Creators: Dickinson, S. and Telford, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 9 January 2020
ISSN: 0309-8265
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/03098265.2020.1712686DOI
1313576Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2020 08:01
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 08:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39557

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