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Diary studies, when used as a qualitative research instrument, provide numerous advantages not possible with other methods. These differences become even more apparent when comparing diary study results to the vastly different quantitative type paradigms. Although less commonly used, their unique benefit to the researcher is both the volume and nature of the open-endeddata captured.This underutilized method offers the researcher an opportunity to discovera rich first person account of the experiences, feelings, observations, and solutions to challenges.Here we present the beginning of a research study where we employed a diary studymethod to discover specific behavioursand observations from the perspective of aircraft simulator instructors. Specifically, during the post-simulator debriefing we examined first-person insights on how simulator instructors utilize facilitated debriefing techniques in addition to both the recognition and mitigations to learning barriers.