One Campus – Many Ways to Go?! A methodological comparison of paper-pencil and electronic logbooks when exploring students’ patterns of spatial use.

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By and | Category: New Forms of the Social, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics

Authors

Alexa Maria Kunz, House of Competence (HoC) & Lehrstuhl für Soziologie des Wissens, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, E-Mail: alexa.kunz@kit.edu

Michaela Pfadenhauer, House of Competence (HoC) & Lehrstuhl für Soziologie des Wissens, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, E-Mail: michaela.pfadenhauer@kit.edu

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Abstract English

The following article is based on a lecture held at the ESA Conference ‘Innovating Qualitative Research: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Bayreuth on September the 22th 2010. Opening with the relevance of the logbook for social research alongside the example of the ‘My Campus’ project, methodic and methodological insights in the use of logbooks are presented. Operating with paper pencil logbook to observe students’ pat-terns of spatial use, the advantages and disadvantages of the logbook as a research instrument and the dif-ferences towards electronic logbooks are illustrated here. Further it is taken a closer look on aspects regarding the researcher as well as the user of this instrument to close with an outlook on its further development in social research.

Keywords

Qualitative empirical social research, Ethnographic fieldwork, Self observation, Diary research, Logbook

Citation

Alexa Maria Kunz, Michaela Pfadenhauer “One Campus – Many Ways to Go?! A methodological comparison of paper-pencil and electronic logbooks when exploring students’ patterns of spatial use,” Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, ISSN 1868-6648, vol. 6 (2014), 21 – 27, Article ID http://ejournal.uvka.de/spatialconcepts/archives/1855, Pages: 7

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