Using Vignettes to Explore Reality and Values With Young People


  • Asli Kandemir Liverpool Hope University
  • Richard Budd Liverpool Hope University



vignettes, qualitative interviews, social science, normativity, higher education research, community cohesion


There seems to be relatively little scholarship on the use of vignettes in qualitative research, despite their long-time application in these approaches. They appear to be a helpful tool for framing complex or sensitive topics, but there is also some disagreement as to what vignettes are and what they can/should be used for. In this article, we briefly review the literature on vignettes, identifying issues in what are often overly specific definitions and prescriptions for their use. Much of the literature focuses on the use of vignettes prior to data collection, or on the findings obtained in projects utilizing them. There is little to no consideration of how they are chosen/designed or the kind/s of data they help to produce. We will therefore focus on the choice, application, and participant responses to two vignettes from separate research projects that were undertaken to explore, in different ways, reality and values with young people.


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Author Biographies

Asli Kandemir, Liverpool Hope University

Aslı KANDEMIR is a doctoral student in social science at Liverpool Hope University. Her specific research focus is the use of tolerance under the fundamental British values as a tool to foster community cohesion in Britain.

Richard Budd, Liverpool Hope University

Dr. Richard BUDD is a lecturer in education studies at Liverpool Hope University. He is an associate director of CEPA, the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis. His research interests primarily revolve around how the ways in which universities in different national settings mediate higher education policy, and how university students at all levels experience and reflect on their time as students.




How to Cite

Kandemir, A., & Budd, R. (2018). Using Vignettes to Explore Reality and Values With Young People. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 19(2).



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