Title

Research in the first person: Reflection on the research experience using a research journal

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

The Australian Market & Social Research Society

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business

RAS ID

16093

Comments

This article was originally published as: Lamb, D. (2013). Research in the first person: Reflection on the research experience using a research journal. Market and Social Research, 21(2), 32-39. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper draws on a phenomenological study based study (Waters, 1994) to demonstrate the applicability of collecting and recording data using a research journal. The study focused on two key life stages, first-time pregnancy and first-time parenthood, which is an under developed area of research in family leisure studies, as previous approaches have tended to concentrate on all phases of family life (Beck & Arnold 2009). The study collected data in two phases using focus groups and interviews with pre-birth and post-birth groups and interviews with leisure facility managers. The paper discusses the meaning and importance of reflections as a means of evaluating the experiences of the researcher. A number of key research issues emerging during the study in terms of the validity of using journals as a method recording data are discussed and evaluated. The paper concludes with affirming the benefits of reflection through journal writing as an alternative to traditional qualitative methods

Share

 
COinS