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Doing Interview-based Qualitative Research
A Learner's Guide

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  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
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  • isbn: 9781316419991

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  • For many students, the experience of learning about and using qualitative methods can be bewildering. This book is an accessible step-by-step guide to conducting interview-based qualitative research projects. The authors discuss the 'hows' and 'whys' of qualitative research, showing readers the practices as well as the principles behind them. The book first describes how to formulate research questions suited to qualitative inquiry. It then discusses in detail how to select and invite research participants into a study and how to design and carry out good interviews. It next presents several ways to analyze interviews and provides readers with many worked examples of analyses. It also discusses how to synthesize findings and how to present them. Doing Interview-based Qualitative Research equips readers in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, education, counseling, nursing, and public health with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their own projects.

    • Uses many detailed examples of analyses of interview material drawn from actual projects
    • Extensive treatment of how to select and successfully recruit research participants
    • Discusses the ethical issues that arise in interviews, as well as strategies for dealing with moments of crises during interview conversations
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    "An insightful guide to designing and conducting a very widely used research approach that not only does justice (in multiple senses) to both the transformative commitment inspiring many qualitative researchers but also insists on the theoretical rigour such an interpretive enterprise demands, and correspondingly offers clear worked examples of different approaches to analysis. A particular further merit is the attention to wide geographical and cross disciplinary reach. The authors draw on extensive experience in formulating this accessible guide, which manages to be practical, engaged and informed, without being bogged down by jargon."
    Erica Burman, University of Manchester

    "This volume offers students and their advisors clear and detailed advice about each stage in planning interview-based research, in data collection and in the data analysis and interpretation process. The authors offer many examples drawn from their own and others' research - examples that will help new and experienced researchers understand the subtle and sometimes-fraught process of deciding how to interpret what research participants mean. Researchers will read this volume once before they begin a project but it will be consulted over and over in the course of doing a project, and consulting it will truly help!"
    Abigail J. Stewart, Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

    "An excellent introduction - packed with fascinating examples and lucid descriptions of the process of qualitative interview-based research. Highly recommended for beginners and the more experienced alike!"
    Margaret Wetherell, University of Auckland and Emerita Professor, Social Sciences, The Open University

    'Crafted by two highly accomplished researchers, this text is an invaluable resource for students and seasoned researchers alike … Doing Interview-Based Qualitative Research is a remarkably generous contribution to the teaching and learning of qualitative methods.' Michelle Lafrance, Feminism & Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316419991
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Some examples of interpretative research
    3. Planning and beginning an interpretative research project
    4. Making decisions about participants
    5. Designing the interview guide
    6. Doing the interview
    7. Preparing for analysis
    8. Finding meanings in people's talk
    9. Analyzing stories in interviews
    10. Analyzing talk as action
    11. Analyzing for implicit cultural meanings
    12. Reporting your project

  • Authors

    Eva Magnusson, Umeå Universitet, Sweden
    Eva Magnusson is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Umeå, Sweden.

    Jeanne Marecek, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
    Jeanne Marecek is William R. Kenan Professor Emerita of Psychology at Swarthmore College, USA.

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