Research Interviewing: The Range of Techniques

Research Interviewing: The Range of Techniques

Research Interviewing: The Range of Techniques

Research Interviewing: The Range of Techniques

Synopsis

• The most comprehensive book available on methods in research interviewing!

• What is research interviewing?

• What techniques are used? Exactly what do you do in each technique?

• How is interview data analysed and written up?

The robust, real-world approach makes this book appropriate for practitioner researchers and postgraduate students up to PhD level. Covers distance and face-to-face interviewing, from the un-structured and naturalistic to the highly structured, focused and time-efficient.

Emphasis is placed on using the most appropriate methods for the research purpose and how to identify which method is practicable. Based on over thirty years of teaching and supervising research and postgraduate students, the author anticipates questions and difficulties at a level of practical detail. Practical and easy to use, this book is essential for anyone doing research interviewing.

Excerpt

This is a practical guide and it has been an intellectually challenging one to write – reflecting the challenge of teaching and supervising able postgraduate students in a range of settings. The approach taken is rooted in the conviction that the outcomes of research, empirical and theoretical, are only as good as the methods and procedures that underpin them. I would echo Lord Kelvin's observation that he never really trusted a theory until he could make a working model of it; in social research it is the operational detail of methods of investigation that test attractive theories.

Or as a student said to me, many years ago: Very interesting: how exactly would you do that?

Bill Gillham . . .

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