Stimulated recall: problematising, challenging, and extending conventional application

Adam J. Nichol*, Edward T. Hall

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Stimulated recall is a qualitative research process which holds significant potential to develop understanding(s) of the ideological, philosophical, perceptual and emotional experiences that underpin observable social actions (e.g. coaching practice). Typically, video and/or audio footage is used to prompt participants to relive and elicit introspective accounts of situations, events and (inter)actions. Despite its potential to explicate concurrent thoughts, feelings and actions, as well as to generate critical reflections on (mal)alignments between beliefs and actual practice, stimulated recall research has most often followed long-standing positivist, univocal and temporally isolated conventions. The purpose of this paper, then, drawing from the authors’ longitudinal experience of using stimulated recall in their respective fieldwork, is two-fold. First, we critically examine and problematise some long-standing beliefs and uses of this method. Second, we tentatively map a progressive agenda for its future utility as a productive research method for scholars, students and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-227
Number of pages12
JournalSports Coaching Review
Issue number2
Early online date29 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

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