Diary studies are aimed at systematically capturing the experiences, feelings and thoughts of participants in their daily life over a prolonged period of time. In this course we will deal with the quantitative approach to diary studies, which is also known as “Experience Sampling” or “Momentary Assessment”. We will discuss the background and epistemological foundations of the method, but also (and primarily) how to do the method practically.
There are four sessions of three hours. These sessions include a mix of instructions and exercises.
After completion of this course you will be able to:
- Understand the background of and varieties in diary studies;
- know how to practically conduct quantitative diary studies, and
- to reflect on the pros and cons of this method in relation to other approaches.
Session 1: Background of and approaches of Diary Studies
Sessions 2-4: How to do Diary Studies
Joran Jongerling is a lecturer at the EUR Department of Pedagogical and Education Sciences, where he convenes courses in research methodology, SPSS skills and applied multivariable data analysis. In addition, he is in the final stages of his PhD project at Utrecht University on 'Modelling individual differences in intra-individual change and variability'. In his research he applies and analyses principles from Bayesian statistics, Multilevel analysis, and Structural Equation Modelling.