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Found poems, member checking and crises of representation.

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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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Abstract

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
Refereed:Yes
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 By: ROSEMARY REILLY
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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