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Doing Interview-Based Qualitative Research: A Learner's Guide


For many students, the experience of learning about and using qualitative methods can be bewildering. This book is an accessible step-by-step guide to conducting interview-based qualitative research projects. The authors discuss the 'hows' and 'whys' of qualitative research, showing readers the practices as well as the principles behind them. The book first describes how to formulate research questions suited to qualitative inquiry. It then discusses in detail how to select and invite research participants into a study and how to design and carry out good interviews. It next presents several ways to analyze interviews and provides readers with many worked examples of analyses. It also discusses how to synthesize findings and how to present them. Doing Interview-based Qualitative Research equips readers in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, education, counseling, nursing, and public health with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their own projects. People continually reflect on themselves and their worlds, and they are continually called upon to give accounts of themselves. People have hopes, fears, reasons, intentions, and values, and they may experience times of satisfaction, confusion, and demoralization. The premise of this book is that researchers ought to and can study these matters. In this book, we give readers the conceptual framework and practical tools to do so.


Qualitative research, social sciences research

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The introduction of this work is freely available courtesy of Cambridge University Press.

This material has been published in Doing Interview-Based Qualitative Research: A Learner's Guide, by Eva Magnusson and Jeanne Marecek. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Eva Magnusson and Jeanne Marecek 2015.

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