Understanding Relational and Group Experiences through the by Vera Roos

By Vera Roos

This quantity describes the improvement and alertness of the Mmogo-method® as a projective visible data-gathering strategy, utilized in numerous contexts and with diverse teams of individuals. "Mmogo" capacity togetherness in Setswana, one of many eleven reliable languages of South Africa. The Mmogo-method® offers a deep knowing of private, relational and crew studies and is especially precious in cross-cultural contexts and throughout age teams. by way of permitting visible expressions of the self as a posh, dynamic social method it overcomes many of the obstacles of conventional data-collection equipment, similar to questionnaires or interviews. The e-book attracts jointly contributions through top social scientists to teach how this versatile, visible data-collection process can be utilized independently or together with different data-gathering strategies, akin to journalling or in-depth interviewing, to procure wealthy info. The learn technique defined right here permits investigators to entry perceptions, emotions and private studies members may possibly another way locate demanding to verbalize and clarify. Researchers in disciplines resembling schooling, social sciences, shopper sciences, marketplace learn, and town and city making plans will locate this booklet and its cutting edge procedure rather invaluable in addressing a spot in to be had visible and different facts assortment resources.

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The Mmogo-method is useful in exploring personal and group experiences of social reality that people may find difficult to talk about due to the implicit nature of their experiences. By generating visual representations, the visual becomes a representation of some dimension of the participants’ experience of social reality, on which they can elaborate and which researchers can use to elicit further discussion about the meanings the creations hold for the participants. In addition, a group perspective is obtained through the visual representations and participants’ initial clarifications stimulate further discussion.

When participants depart, researchers collect the containers used for the materials and depart. The researchers meet to share observations and to engage in discussion as soon as possible after data collection. This also serves as debriefing for them. Focusing on themselves, the researchers engage in a process described by Steier (1991) as “bending back on the self” (p. 2), noting how their interactions could have impacted on the participants and on the quality of the data obtained. The discussion also provides an opportunity for researchers to reflect on the impact the exercise had on them.

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