Point of view filming and the elicitation interview

Jonathan Skinner, Gerry Gormley

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Face-to-face interviews are a fundamental research
tool in qualitative research. Whilst this form of
data collection can provide many valuable insights, it can
often fall short of providing a complete picture of a research
subject’s experiences. Point of view (PoV) interviewing
is an elicitation technique used in the social sciences
as a means of enriching data obtained from research
interviews. Recording research subjects’ first person perspectives,
for example by wearing digital video glasses,
can afford deeper insights into their experiences. PoV interviewing
can promote making visible the unverbalizable
and does not rely as much on memory as the traditional interview.
The use of such relatively inexpensive technology
is gaining interest in health profession educational research
and pedagogy, such as dynamic simulation-based learning
and research activities. In this interview, Dr Gerry Gormley
(a medical education researcher) talks to Dr Jonathan Skinner
(an anthropologist with an interest in PoV interviewing),
exploring some of the many crossover implications
with PoV interviewing for medical education research and

© 2016, The Author(s). This is the final published version of the article (version of record) uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. It first appeared online at http://doi.org/10.1007/s40037-016-0278-0.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalPerspectives on Medical Education
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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