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Found poems, member checking and crises of representation.


Found poems, member checking and crises of representation.

Reilly, Rosemary C. (2013) Found poems, member checking and crises of representation. The Qualitative Report, 18 (30). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1052-0147

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In order to establish veracity, qualitative researchers frequently rely on member checks to insure credibility by giving participants opportunities to correct errors, challenge interpretations and assess results; however, member checks are not without drawbacks. This paper describes an innovative approach to conducting member checks. Six members of a learning organization participated in two group interviews to examine the use of poetry as a method to promote individual and organizational learning. Several weeks later, participants received a copy of their transcripts and were asked to create a “found poem” to reflect their thoughts and feelings about using poetry as a learning tool. There was resonance between the interview themes produced by traditional open coding methods and those using participant-created found poems. However, the found poems added an emotional depth and connection that was missing from the traditional approach of coding qualitative data. This suggests that participant-created found poems can provide an agentic alternative to the usual method of member checking and also expand the notions of aesthetic approaches within qualitative research.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Item Type:Article
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C.
Journal or Publication:The Qualitative Report
Date:15 April 2013
Keywords:Arts-Based Research, Found Poems, Member Checks, Trustworthiness, Crisis of Representation
ID Code:977078
Deposited On:16 Apr 2013 13:12
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:43
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Additional Information:Parts of this paper were presented at the Qualitative Research In Management and Organization Conference in Albuquerque, NM on April 7, 2010.


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