Video-cued narrative reflection: A research approach for articulating tacit, relational, and embodied understandings

Bonnie Raingruber

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The author's purpose in this article is to describe the effectiveness of video-cued narrative reflection as a research approach for accessing relational, practice-based, and lived understandings. Video-cued narrative reflection provides moment-by-moment access to tacit experience. The immediate nature of the videotape captures emotional nuances, embodied perceptions, spatial influences, relational understandings, situational factors, and temporal manifestations. By watching videotaped interactions, participants are able to re-collect, reexperience, and interpret their life world. Video-cued narrative reflection allows participants to be simultaneously engaged and reflective while describing significant understandings. By inserting audiotaped reflective commentary of participants into the original videotape transcript, contextual meanings can be located and articulated more easily. Although not appropriate for all types of research, this approach offers promise for certain studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1169
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2003



  • Matched-pair research
  • Nonverbal understandings
  • Spatiality
  • Temporality
  • Videotaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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