Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Management
This paper uses the research processes of a doctoral study that investigates young workers learning safe practices within the housing construction industry to explore the use of guided interviews with artefacts as an ethnographic technique to gather qualitative data. The paper identifies how this specifically vulnerable group are subject to the 'Cycle of Abuse'. The complications of gathering accurate data from the 15-19 age group in this industry are discussed, including dealing with low literacy levels, defensive trainers, power of access and high emotions. The paper reviews the use of images within guided interviews and provides a conceptual model. The paper concludes by proposing that using images, both abstract and concrete within a guided interview can produce data that encapsulates both conceptual and concrete responses leading to a more infonnative and complete research method that both mediates the issues of participant engagement and elicits more holistic data.