Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Synopsis

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyondnbsp;offers an in-depth and captivating step-by-step guide to the use of semi-structured interviews in qualitative research. By tracing the life of an actual research project–an exploration of a school district's effort over 40 years to address racial equality–as a consistent example threaded across the volume, Anne Galletta shows in concrete terms how readers can approach the planning and execution of their own new research endeavor, and illuminates unexpected real-life challenges they may confront and how to address them. nbsp; The volume offers a close look at the inductive nature of qualitative research, the use of researcher reflexivity, and the systematic and iterative steps involved in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. It offers guidance on how to develop an interview protocol, including the arrangement of questions and ways to evoke analytically rich data. nbsp; Particularly useful for those who may be familiar with qualitative research but have not yet conducted a qualitative study,nbsp;Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyondnbsp;will serve both undergraduate and graduate students as well as more advanced scholars seeking to incorporate this key methodological approach into their repertoire. nbsp; Anne Gallettanbsp;is Associate Professor at the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. nbsp; William E. Cross, Jr.nbsp;is the author of Shades of Black: Diversity in African-American Identity. nbsp; In thenbsp;Qualitative Studies in Psychologynbsp;series

Excerpt

This book is written for budding social scientists and those more advanced scholars interested in developing or fine-tuning their skills in qualitative research. It is crafted to take you out of the realm of the abstract and engage you in a sustained way in the twists and turns of conceptualizing and carrying out a qualitative research project. This text addresses planning a research design, conducting data collection and analysis, synthesizing and interpreting research themes, and writing up research results. Slices of a completed research project are inserted within this book to illustrate key dimensions of qualitative research in a concrete way as they are introduced. The book’s aim is to highlight the ways in which qualitative research builds on a rigorous, reflexive, and action-oriented tradition of social science.

While a number of methods are discussed here, there is a particular emphasis on the use of the semi-structured interview. This method is typically underutilized, yet it has remarkable potential. Characteristic of its unique flexibility, the semi-structured interview is sufficiently . . .

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