Visual inquiry in educational research

Kwok Kuen TSANG, Tina BESLEY

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In visual culture, people would like to perceive, express, and negotiate the meanings of social world visually so that the status of the visual has reached that of written word and narrative. Therefore, social researchers are motivated to develop visual methodologies to examine the visual dimension of social worlds. According to them, the visual methodologies could generate richer information for us to understand social phenomena than the traditional quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Therefore, there is a burgeoning uptake of visual research methods in different fields of social sciences. Considering the ubiquity and importance of the visual in the world for education, the Beijing International Review of Education has organized this special issue to discuss some of the theoretical and methodological issues of visual research methods in educational research. Copyright © 2020 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-10
JournalBeijing International Review of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


Tsang, K. K., & Besley, T. (2020). Visual inquiry in educational research. Beijing International Review of Education, 2(1), 2-10. doi: 10.1163/25902539-00201002


  • Visual methodology
  • Visual culture
  • Research method
  • Photovoice
  • Education research


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