Qualitative researchers have long made use of many different interview forms. Yet, for novice researchers, making the connections between “theory” and “method” is not always easy. Reflective Interviewing provides a theoretically-informed guide for researchers learning how to interview in the social sciences.

In order to undertake high quality research using qualitative interviews, a researcher must be able to theorize the application of interviews to investigate research problems in social science research. As part of this process, researchers examine their subject positions in relation to participants, and examine their interview interactions systematically to inform research design. This book provides a practical approach to interviewing, helping researchers to learn about themselves as interviewers in ways that will inform the design, conduct, analysis, and representation of interview data.

The author takes the reader through the practicalities of designing and conducting an interview study, and relates various forms of interview to different underlying epistemological assumptions about how knowledge is produced. The book concludes with practical advice and perspectives from experienced researchers who use interviews as a method of data generation.

Reflective Interviewing is written for a multidisciplinary audience of students of qualitative research methods.

Asking Questions and Individual Interviews

This chapter introduces:

  • Question and answer sequences: closed and open questions and follow-up questions or probes.
  • Structure in interviews.
  • Forms of interviewing, including phenomenological, ethnographic, feminist, oral and life history, and dialogic interviewing.

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