At as Research

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  • I have no idea how to present my data for my thesis! Charts? Graphs? Transcripts?
  • Why not try a graphic novel? 
  • Of course!  Using graphic novels or fiction for data helps to  "create a deeper understanding of experiences in a language that is more accessible to people than research published in academic publications" (Kalu, pp 130, 2016).
  • Wait, you can do that? 
  • Hmm...I've never considered graphic novels or fiction as a way to present my data. But I see it now, it totally "create[s] new knowledge or 'disrupts dominate ideologies or stereotypes.'" (Kalu, pp 130, 2016).
  • Which, if you think about it, is kind of perfect for ethnography!
  • WOW!!!
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman is a perfect example of how to used graphic novels to present case study data. He interviewed his father about his experience in the Holocaust. An American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is another example of how data of different perspectives within a culture can be presented in a graphic novel. 
  • This is the perfect way to present my one-on-one interview data! I may even create a graphic novel for my surveyed data as well! 
  • Yeah! I think it's the best way to present your interpretation of the data!
  • So pumped to work on my thesis now!
  • References Kalu, F. (2016). Fiction as research practice: short stories, novellas, and novels. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 62(1), 130-133.
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