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Draw-and-Write Techniques

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By: Jenna Hartel | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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The draw-and-write technique is an empirical visual research method. Informants are asked to draw a concept or to answer a question by making an illustration; further, they are prompted to write or speak about their drawing through a caption, survey, story, interview, or focus group. The method generates a dual corpus of visual and textual data that can be analyzed in myriad ways. The outcomes typically deepen, extend, or challenge conventional knowledge generated through words alone. This method is not to be confused with psychological tests, such as the draw-a-person test, that was once used as a measure of schizophrenia or intelligence; rather it aims to make otherwise intangible phenomena visible. The draw-and-write technique is relatively easy for researchers to learn, inexpensive, and low-tech. It ...

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