This method works well if either circle time or presentations are already part of your woodland sessions or if your group are accustomed to this activity in their usual setting. For example, it may suit school groups where circle time is part of the normal school day.
|Research method||Preparation time||Time to gather data||Time to analyse data||Not suitable for ...||Does data indicate wellbeing?||Who, what, where people experience wellbeing?||Is it an activity in itself?|
|Circle time and presentations||Short – but need to decide on focus or give some guidance for presentations||Presentations 2-10 mins each, Circle time 10-15 mins||Slow if analysing video/audio||where group dynamic is problematic - people who don’t like to talk in public - One-off activity days where people don’t know each other||Yes, if people talk freely||Yes, with appropriate guidance||Yes|
- school/college groups where presentations are part of normal learning
- regular groups where people know each other
- people who don’t mind talking in public
- presentations – older children and adults
- circle time – may be more appropriate for younger children, adults with learning difficulties (if able to communicate).
What information is collected?
- as this is a fairly loose method it will depend on what people talk about and how they talk about it
- you could prepare circle time questions that specifically link to the wellbeing indicators
- you could ask people to prepare presentations based on a who, what, where or particular indicators of wellbeing.
How is information collected?
- audio/video recording
- written notes
- materials that people have used during presentations.
Watch out for:
- some people can feel embarrassed during circle time if they don’t know other people very well
- some people may feel under pressure to say something rather than nothing, or try to be funny to ‘perform’ in front of the group
- presentations may feel like ‘school work’ to older people or if your project is trying to get away from a more structured environment
- putting a time limit on presentations can keep people more focussed.