9:45am - 4:15pm
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative interviewing in both academic and applied social research. The course is primarily designed for researchers with little or no experience of qualitative interviewing.
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from £135.00 to £225.00
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This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative interviewing in both academic and applied social research. The course is primarily designed for researchers with little or no experience of qualitative interviewing. It will also be useful for more experienced researchers who have little formal training; or who wish to reflect on their practice. The course leader is a very experienced social researcher who will draw on her own research as well as established practice within the social sciences; and is happy to answer specific concerns of course participants.
The day combines a brief introduction to theory; practical tips on recruiting, sampling and carrying out qualitative interviews; and practical exercises on developing an interview guide and carrying out a qualitative interview. We will explore a variety of ethical issues as they arise in discussion.
(Please note, the analysis of qualitative interviews is not covered in this course).
- The nature of qualitative research and underlying assumptions
- What are you worried about / What could possibly go wrong?!
- The interview process: from recruitment to transcription
- Real life examples – the good, the bad and the awkward
- Developing an interview guide – a worked example
- Practical exercise – developing an interview guide
- Practical exercise – conducting and observing an interview, and being an interviewee
By the end of the course participants will
- Understand the main characteristics of qualitative interview data.
- Be familiar with the key skills of interviewing, including body language, asking open questions, probing, prompting and active listening.
- Have an awareness of some of the practical and ethical difficulties that can arise in research using qualitative interviews, and in qualitative interviews themselves.
- Have gained practical experience of designing an interview guide, carrying out and observing an interview.
- Have gained valuable experience of what the interview experience is like for interviewees.
Sophie Sarre has over 20 years’ experience of research using qualitative interviews. Her broad fields of research are family life and health services. Her wide range of research includes: service evaluation, developing complex interventions, risk perceptions, through to more esoteric research on temporality in the social construction of gendered parenthood and childhood. She has conducted qualitative interviews with numerous social groups including: children, young people, prisoners and sex offenders.
Level of study
Entry/Intermediate (almost no/some prior knowledge).
Varies according to status:
- £225 - Government/commercial sector
- £175 - Educational/charitable sector
- £135 - Students.
Please be aware that you may be required to bring your own laptop with any specified software already installed.