Reconceptualizing and decentering think-aloud methodology in qualitative research Journal Article uri icon



  • Most applications of think-aloud protocols have been conducted from theoretical perspectives that prioritize knowledge that is predictable and controlled by the researchers. In this article, we present an augmented form of the think-aloud method in which we aim to gain situated and participant-generated knowledge. The context for our study is examination of the problem-solving processes used by engineering students. We illustrate how our adaptation of traditional think–aloud protocols provides insights into participants’ thoughts and beliefs and how such think-alouds can increase social scientists’ understandings of complex phenomena such as learning or problem solving. In contrast to a typical focus on researcher-defined processes or an analysis of the products generated by students, our approach to think-aloud utilizes think-aloud procedures in combination with follow-up interviews to expand participants’ perspectives and investigate their experiences more deeply.

publication date

  • December 1, 2013

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 16, 2017 3:08 AM

Full Author List

  • Koro-Ljungberg M; Douglas EP; Therriault D; Malcolm Z; McNeill N

author count

  • 5

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1468-7941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-3109

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 735

end page

  • 753


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