Stimulated recall: A report on its use in naturalistic research

Lyle, John (2003) Stimulated recall: A report on its use in naturalistic research. British Educational Research Journal, 29 6: 861-878. doi:10.1080/0141192032000137349

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Author Lyle, John
Title Stimulated recall: A report on its use in naturalistic research
Journal name British Educational Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-1926
Publication date 2003-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0141192032000137349
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 861
End page 878
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Stimulated recall (SR) is a family of introspective research procedures through which cognitive processes can be investigated by inviting subjects to recall, when prompted by a video sequence, their concurrent thinking during that event. Variations of the generic approach are widely used and many of the studies treat SR as non-problematic. The article reviews the strengths and weaknesses of SR and exemplifies its use in a study of non-deliberative decision-making by sports coaches. The study reaffirms the potential limitations of subjects reordering their accounts in response to activating deeper memory structures and in order to maintain biases of control and a priori theory affirmation. Nevertheless, the procedure successfully elicited expert accounts of decisions taken and maintained the benefits of the naturalistic context. The article concludes that SR is a valuable tool for investigating cognitive processes, although care has to be taken with research designs. The value is enhanced when there is immediacy of recall, consonance between questions and cognitive organisation, and indirect means of introspection in complex interactive contexts, such as the classroom. It has considerable potential in both research and as the basis of training programmes.
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