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Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences

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The third edition of this bestselling resource provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to help them develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. While proposing a phenomenological approach to in-depth interviewing, the author also includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Teachers College Press (first published May 1991)
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If you need to conduct in-depth interviewing for qualitative research, this book is great. If you have trouble sleeping, this book would help. Otherwise, just nope.
Shonell Bacon
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Short, concise, clear book on interview research. Like the method that he discusses as its three-interview process is one that allows the researcher to truly connect with, learn from, and establish context with the interviewee and the topic being analyzed.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite a good read on conducting interviews as part of educational research. It does seem to focus on phenomenological interviews, where the interview is the one and only approach, but it might be useful for other cases where interviews are one of many ways of data gathering.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great start for researchers embarking on their first interview research,specially in the field of education.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this an excellent book for anyone exploring interviewing as a method for social science research. Seidman synthesized the full process of interviewing within the research process in a relatively easy read. Please note this book focuses on in-depth phenomenological interviewing. In other words, the book focuses on interviewing as a method to research the experience of individuals. Regardless of that focus, I think this is a good book to cover various issues around interviewing (even for ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a research methods book this was a really easy read. Seidman weaves personal experiences and narrative into the description of his phenomenological interview technique that involves 3 interviews of 90 minutes each. This is a good read for any qualitative researcher, whether you are conducting phenomenological research or not, though it is particularly helpful for those considering phenomenology.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Really readable and encouraging book on interview research. It details a specific approach to phenomenological life history interviews, but if you skip the parts that are devoted to that particular approach (which I did), it's relevant to anyone who does interviews for research. And as is usually the case with these books, I wish I'd read it about 6 months ago.
lindsay blackwell
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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v. helpful, but i disagree with some recommendations (such as limiting backchannels in an in-person interview; seidman views this as "reinforcing," but i view it as necessary and a source of comfort for the participant)
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for anyone wanting to embark on phenomenological interviewing or those wanting to tweak their technique.
Spacek Kim
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This brings to light how interviewing can be done for qualitative research.
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little outdated, but an excellent practical guide to phenomenological interviewing as qualitative research . . . if you're into that sort of thing.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it liked it
For my dissertation research.
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A decent book on the method of in-depth interviews. It focusses on the phenomenological approach - which is an interesting one - but it is also relevant on in-depth interviews in general.
Dev Scott Flores
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Concise, yet contemplative - a great introductory text that doesn't get bogged down in minutiae
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this for Amazon for the high rating but when I read it I don't like it. It is not worth to read and not helpful in research at all.
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