Interviewing is an invaluable tool for the qualitative researcher. Steinar Kvale provides coverage of both the theoretical background and the practical aspects of the interview process, incorporating discussion of the wide variety of methods in interview based research and the different approaches to reading the data. Consideration is also given to the crucial issue of how to ensure scientific rigour.
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Very good introductory book. It has helped me greatly while I was designing an evaluation with interviews. However often I wished that there would be references for further reading, because while the book leads you into the right direction, I could've used some pointers.
A decent start for qualitative researchers looking to learn the basics of interviewing but the author sometimes takes a very narrow view about the possibilities for different interview styles.
2 Epistemological issues of interviewing
3 Ethical issues of interviewing
4 Planning an interview study
5 Conducting an interview
6 Interview variations
7 Interview quality
8 Transcribing interviews
9 Analyzing interviews