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Examining space perceptions: combining visual and verbal data with reactive and non-reactive methods in studies of the elderly and library users

Empirische Zugänge zur Raumwahrnehmung - Kombination von visuellen und verbalen Daten und reaktiven und nichtreaktiven Methoden in Studien zu Seniorenresidenzen und Bibliotheken
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Edinger, Eva-Christina

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Abstract Space is characterised by both its material and its social aspects. To examine space perceptions in this holistic understanding it is crucial to combine verbal with visual data and reactive with non-reactive methods, because not every perception is verbally expressible. The article starts illustrating a socio-spatial-material concept of space. Based on this it will be displayed how a triangulative research design with visual interview stimuli, participant observation, mental maps, photo do-cumentation, and architectural analysis can enable to get new insights into spatial perceptions. This will be shown by outlining two specific research projects, the first focuses on the space experience and imaginations of elderly people, the second on space perceptions of library users. The projects with their approaches and results clarify the impact of the triangulation of visual data and non-reactive methods in the exploration of spatial perception. Further-more, the contribution of every kind of method will be shown in the discussion of the results and unexpected findings. Finally, the article reveals in a broader context that it is important to combine text-based and visual methods, not only for the collection of data but for the presentation of research results as well.
Keywords zone; spatial orientation; architecture; visual perception; data capture; intrusive data collection methods; non-intrusive data collection methods; triangulation; interview; method; library; retirement home for the elderly
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method basic research; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 181-202
Journal Historical Social Research, 39 (2014) 2
Issue topic Spatial analysis
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works