Using documentary film for authentic representation of phenomenological research
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My search to authentically and visually represent a group of workers' lived experiences and -knowledge of their often interrelated personal and work-related strengths mediated by those experiences saw me combining a written research study with a visual, cinematic documentary resulting in the production of "Project Happiness: The Lived Experience". This paper overviews the methodological considerations involved when using a visual form of data presentation, specifically in terms of data collection, analysis and dissemination. I begin by describing the project's genesis and development, the theoretical (notably phenomenological) underpinnings and methodologies, including positive psychology measures and documentary-making, and how these played out in the data collection and analysis related with this project. A brief account of relevant research findings is provided. Discussion focuses on the interweaving of positive psychology with phenomenology and reflection on the crystallization and creative illustration of the research outcomes.
Journal of Social Science Studies
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