Doing Interviews

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SAGE, Mar 5, 2008 - Social Science - 160 pages
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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.

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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.

Contents

1 Introduction to interview research
1
2 Epistemological issues of interviewing
10
3 Ethical issues of interviewing
23
4 Planning an interview study
33
5 Conducting an interview
51
6 Interview variations
67
7 Interview quality
78
8 Transcribing interviews
92
10 Validation and generalization of interview knowledge
120
11 Reporting interview knowledge
129
12 Enhancing interview quality
136
Glossary
146
References
150
Author index
155
Subject index
156
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9 Analyzing interviews
101

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Steinar Kvale (1938-2008) was professor of educational psychology and director of the Centre of Qualitative Research at the University of Aarhus, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco. He was born in Norway and graduated from the University of Oslo. He continued his studies at the University of Heidelberg with an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship and was a visiting professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and West Georgia University, Carrolton, and the University of Bergen. His long-term concern was with the implications of such continental philosophies as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and dialectics for psychology and education.

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