5.4.1 Question 4 response Type A

'It allows a freer and more expansive alternative to normal articles which are often presented in a regimented format according to the author's ideas and theories which can perhaps be forced on the reader too much.'

'This method puts events into perspective. It does demand a little more effort in looking at all the material, but in my opinion is more rewarding and gives a better overview of the topic at hand. The extra texts were helpful and it was good to be able to choose which to read first. The images were even more successful in bringing someone with little or no knowledge up to speed on the subject.'

'I found the format very liberating as it is not often there is any sense of control or participation when reading someone else's work.'

'The format definitely engaged me differently, as I felt that I was really discovering something, and the knowledge that no one else would read the chapters in the same order or use the exact same images made the experience feel unique and intimate. I felt like it made me more connected to the research project/researcher(?) than if I were just reading a paper or watching a documentary about archaeology. I also felt more connected to the past as I liked the way the paper stimulated my own imaginative processes as a way of helping me to understand the imaginative/emotional experiences of the early modern Scots.'

'I found that the open format made it more like a journey of understanding. The pictures and the text separately allowed the reader to meander somewhat through it which was refreshing from being given a solid, dry block of text to read. It allowed the reader to almost mentally interact with the objects shown and understand them more effectively. Creating the multiple links between the items was better for remembering the information, and offering the story at the beginning and return again to it as a reinterpretation event was far more interesting that simply reading set text.'

'The format I think gave me the time to think over those concepts more, gave me a feeling that there was the ability to stop mid text and think on ideas which may not necessarily be explicit within the text.'

'I like that you have freedom from the weight of text: you can't see the other chapters when you are in one, so it doesn't compel you forward. You are not trying to get to the end of something, but can stop and think any time to develop what's on your mind.'


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