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

ISBN-10: 0807754048

ISBN-13: 9780807754047

Edition: 4th 2012

Authors: Irving Seidman, Lori Helman

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Now in its fourth edition, this popular book provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. Using concrete examples of interviewing techniques to illustrate the issues under discussion, this classic text helps readers to understand the complexities of interviewing and its connections to broader issues of qualitative research. The text includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of interviewing approaches.Appropriate for individual and classroom use, the new edition has been expanded to include: in chapter 2, clarification of important phenomenological assumptions that underlie the interviewing approach presented in the book; in chapter 7, new sections on Long-Distance Interviewsing and its implications for the relationship between interviewers and participants; in chapter 8, a new section on the pros and cons of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software; and Chapter 9, "The Ethics of Doing Good Work".
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List price: $37.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

IRVING SEIDMAN is Director of Teacher Education and Coordinator of English Teacher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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
What Makes Interviewing Phenomenological and Why Does it Matter?
Phenomenological Theme One: The Temporal and Transitory Nature of Human Experience
Phenomenological Theme Two: Whose Understanding Is It? Subjective Understanding
Phenomenological Theme Three: Lived Experience as the Foundation of "Phenomena"
Phenomenological Theme Four: The Emphasis on Meaning and Meaning in Context
How Do These Phenomenological Themes Matter?
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
Long-Distance Interviewing and the Relationship Between Participant and Interviewer
Analyzing, Interpreting, and Sharing Interview Material
Managing the Data 115 Keeping Interviewing and Analysis Separate: What to Do Between Interviews
Recording Interviews
Transcribing Interviews
Studying, Reducing, and Analyzing the Text
Sharing Interview Data: Profiles and Themes
Making and Analyzing Thematic Connections
Interpreting the Material
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
Cautions Regarding CAQDAS
The Ethics of Doing Good Work
The Ethics of Doing Good Work
The Reciprocity Implicit in Treating Participants with Dignity
Appendix: 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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