Using Photo Elicitation Interviews to Explore Newly Arrived Pupils’ Social and Academic Experiences



This article aims to shed light on the spatial experiences of newly arrived pupils in relation to both their social and academic life at school. Data is derived from an on-going municipal project and includes 90 photographic images taken by nine newly arrived pupils as a basis for auto-driven photo elicitation interview methodology. The study draws on analytical spatial concepts and is placed within a theoretical frame contributed by the geography scholar Doreen Massey and three propositions. The interviewed pupils express mainly positive experiences. The findings also reveal the complexity of space in school.


Publisher’s Note: On page 210 (under Space as a ‘Sphere of the Co-Existence of Multiple Trajectories’), two of the author’s publications were referred to in an anonymized form (author and co-author, year; author et al. year), and these publications were also not included in the list of references. The corrected version of the article now contains the missing information for the following references: Norlund, A., Dimenäs, J., Kolback. K. & Wede, C. (2013); and Norlund, A. & Strömberg, M. (2018). We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.


Newly arrived pupilsEquityPhoto elicitation interviewsSpace
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 202–219
  • DOI: 10.33134/njmr.410
  • Submitted on 11 Oct 2018
  • Accepted on 3 Nov 2020
  • Published on 4 Jun 2021
  • Peer Reviewed