Interviewing as Qualitative Research A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences

ISBN-10: 0807746665

ISBN-13: 9780807746660

Edition: 3rd 2005

Authors: Irving Seidman

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List price: $20.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Introduction: How I Came to Interviewing
Why Interview?
The Purpose of Interviewing
Interviewing: "The" Method or "A" Method?
Why Not Interview?
A Structure for In-depth, Phenomenological Interviewing
The Three-Interview Series
Respect the Structure
Length of Interviews
Spacing of Interviews
Alternatives to the Structure and Process
Whose Meaning Is It? Validity and Reliability
Experience the Process Yourself
Proposing Research: From Mind to Paper to Action
Research Proposals as Rites of Passage
From Thought to Language
What Is to Be Done?
Questions to Structure the Proposal
Working with the Material
Piloting Your Work
Establishing Access to, Making Contact with, and Selecting Participants
The Perils of Easy Access
Access Through Formal Gatekeepers
Informal Gatekeepers
Access and Hierarchy
Making Contact
Make a Contact Visit in Person
Building the Participant Pool
Some Logistical Considerations
Selecting Participants
Snares to Avoid in the Selection Process
How Many Participants Are Enough?
The Path to Institutional Review Boards and Informed Consent
The Belmont Report
The Establishment of Local Institutional Review Boards
The Informed Consent Form
Eight Major Parts of Informed Consent
What, How Long, How, to What End, and for Whom?
Risks, Discomforts, and Vulnerability
Rights of the Participant
Possible Benefits
Confidentiality of Records
Special Conditions for Children
Contact Information and Copies of the Form
The Complexities of Affirming the IRB Review Process and Informed Consent
Technique Isn't Everything, But It Is a Lot
Listen More, Talk Less
Follow Up on What the Participant Says
Listen More, Talk Less, and Ask Real Questions
Follow Up, but Don't Interrupt
Two Favorite Approaches
Ask Participants to Reconstruct, Not to Remember
Keep Participants Focused and Ask for Concrete Details
Do Not Take the Ebbs and Flows of Interviewing Too Personally
Limit Your Own Interaction
Explore Laughter
Follow Your Hunches
Use an Interview Guide Cautiously
Tolerate Silence
Interviewing as a Relationship
Interviewing as an "I-Thou" Relationship
Social Group Identities and the Interviewing Relationship
Distinguish Among Private, Personal, and Public Experiences
Avoid a Therapeutic Relationship
Analyzing, Interpreting, and Sharing Interview Material
Managing the Data
Keeping Interviewing and Analysis Separate: What to Do Between Interviews
Tape-Recording Interviews
Transcribing Interview Tapes
Studying, Reducing, and Analyzing the Text
Sharing Interview Data: Profiles and Themes
Making and Analyzing Thematic Connections
Interpreting the Material
Two Profiles
Nanda: A Cambodian Survivor of the Pol Pot Era
Betty: A Long-Time Day Care Provider
About the Author
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