Covers an often-omitted subject in general qualitative textbook Benefits from the extensive qualitative research experience of its author Provides starting point templates for readers conducting original qualitative research Offers readers suggestions for using and adapting the qualitative instrument templates Ties each template back to methods and methodology to ensure trustworthiness and rigor Provides templates of interview protocols, focus group moderator guides, content analysis tools, document analysis tools, reflective questionnaires, diary and journal logs, and observational rubrics Gives the reader either a cut-and-paste solution for their own research or a starting point to design their own personalized qualitative tools.

Interview Protocols

A qualitative research interview attempts to understand the world from the [participants’] point of view, to unfold the meaning of people’s experiences, to uncover their lived world…. The main task in interviewing, therefore, is to understand the meaning of what the interviewees say. The [process] of interviewing seeks to cover both a factual and a meaning level.

(Kvale, 2012, Preface and p. xvii)

Interviewing Defined

Interviewing is defined as “conversation with a purpose” (Kahn & Cannell, 1957, p. 149), while Frey and Oishi (1995) extend this definition by designating qualitative interviews as purposeful conversations in which one person asks prepared questions and the other person answers—but with detail, depth, and nuance. Kvale and Brinkmann (2014) note that “interview knowledge is produced in a conversational relation; ...

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