Photographer and researcher John Collier first named photo elicitation in a paper published in 1957. Photo elicitation involves a qualitative interview stimulated and guided by participant photographs. This method can help break down barriers between researchers and participants and can promote rich and collaborative discussions (Harper, 1994).
Student Perspectives on Work-Life Balance: A Photo Elicitation Study
Each student in Qualitative Research Methods (PBH 512, Summer 2018) recruited a study participant (n=12) from across the colleges of Thomas Jefferson University. Students trained participants in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to define and explore the meaning of "work-life balance" in their daily lives and were instructed to use their phones to document their exploration over the course of one week. Using the participant-generated photographs to guide a conversation, each member of the research team then conducted an interview with a participant.
Healthy Eating: Student Perspectives on Food and Diet
Each student in the Qualitative Research Methods class (PBH 512, Summer 2019) recruited a Thomas Jefferson Student who lives on campus (n=12). Students trained participants in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to reflect on their experiences of "food and eating" in their daily lives. They were instructed to use their phones to document their exploration for one week. Using the participant-generated photographs to guide a conversation, each member of the research team then conducted an interview with a participant.
Recommended CitationArmstrong, Lisa; Edwards, Kaela; Feshchenko, Violetta; Kullmann, Kimberly; Martinez, Alexandre; Mercier, Rebecca; Murray, Nicole; Myers, Pamela; Prasad, Priyanka; Ramos, Victoria; Salter, Nicholas; Zale, Madalene; Riley, DrPH, Amy Henderson; Frasso, PhD, Rosemary; Cope, Adrea; Duncan, Nataki; Ewalt, Rachel; Freeland, Catherine; Holmes, Nichole; Slifer, Laura; Smith, April; Spigner, Sabina; Thind, Simal; and Kinsey, PhD, Eliza Whiteman, "Photo Elicitation Study 2018-2019" (2019). JCPH at APHA 2019. Paper 2.