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Deacon, Sharon A. 2000. Creativity within Qualitative Research on Families: New Ideas for Old Methods. The Qualitative Report 4 (3) : 1–11. 11 pp. URL
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This paper aims at providing some creative and active methods to qualitative researchers that they could use in the data collection process. The author suggests that qualitative researchers could use a variety of methods such as: sculpting, photography, videography, art and drawing, role playing, writing exercises, metaphors, and timelines. For instance, participants could be asked to describe their feelings, experiences and specific events by using metaphors. Participants may feel more free and creative and researchers may be able to gather abundant information. Last but not least, the author states that the use of such multi-dimensional methods may make qualitative research more innovative, creative and actively dynamic for both researchers and participants.