PhotoStory: A Legitimate Research Tool in Cross-Cultural Research

Phillip Slee, Grace Skrzypiec, Damanjit Sandhu, Kirandeep Kaur, Marilyn Campbell

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PhotoStory is a research method using photography to illustrate a story that conveys the perspectives of individuals about a particular issue. Australian and Indian researchers participating in the three-year India–European Network project and an Australian Research Council grant devised and assessed the use of PhotoStory procedures to better understand Indian and Australian students’ experiences of bullying. Using iPads, the PhotoStory study involved students capturing visual images of situations related to their experiences of school bullying and attaching a story to their pictures. The research was designed to give children a voice in understanding their perceptions of school safety, particularly in relation to their experiences of school bullying and its impact on them. The data were collected from students in Indian schools in the Punjabi region and students in south Australian schools in Adelaide. In this chapter consideration is given to the procedures used and the challenges faced in gathering these PhotoStories. Suggestions for the analysis of the data gathered and recommendations regarding its use in cross-cultural research are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBullying, Cyberbullying and Student Well-Being in Schools
Subtitle of host publicationComparing European, Australian and Indian Perspectives
EditorsPeter K Smith, Suresh Sundaram, Barbara A Spears, Catherine Blaya, Mechthild Schafer, Damanjit Sandhu
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781316987384
ISBN (Print)9781107189393
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • bullying
  • students
  • Teachers


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