Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond
From Research Design to Analysis and Publication
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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With this book, scholars and students who embrace qualitative research methods to excavate new knowledge are introduced to the semi-struc-tured interview. Anne Galletta shows the novice how to break down the interview gestalt into its constituent parts, and then reintegrate the material into a theoretically rich and empirically strong narrative....
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Words do little justice in conveying my gratitude to those who have contributed to this book and sustained me in its preparation. Th at said, Th e theoretical and substantive richness of this text is greatly infl u-enced by my work with Michelle Fine. Beginning with my doctoral work at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in ...
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Th is book is written for budding social scientists and those more ad-vanced scholars interested in developing or fi ne-tuning their skills in qualitative research. It is craft ed to take you out of the realm of the abstract and engage you in a sustained way in the twists and turns of conceptualizing and carrying out a qualitative research project. Th is ...
SECTION I: SETTING THE STAGE
1 Crafting a Design to Yield a Complete Story
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In this chapter, I will lead you through the process of craft ing a research design to respond fully to your topic of interest. We’ll address the role of building on extant literature and its infl uence in shaping your research question, methods, and analytical framework. Here, I give spe-cial attention to the selection of methods of data collection, particu-...
2 The Semi-Structured Interview as a Repertoire of Possibilities
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Th e semi-structured interview, valued for its accommodation to a range of research goals, typically refl ects variation in its use of questions, prompts, and accompanying tools and resources to draw the partici-pant more fully into the topic under study. Semi-structured interviews incorporate both open-ended and more theoretically driven questions, ...
SECTION II: THE SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEW: COLLECTING AND ANALYZING QUALITATIVE DATA
3 Conducting the Interview: The Role of Reciprocity and Reflexivity
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Central to this chapter is an exploration of the ways in which you might conduct a semi-structured interview in a manner that is productive for both you and the participant. A common thread across qualitative research and its diversity of interpretive paradigms is attention to the role of the researcher. Th is is particularly true when the semi- structured ...
4 Ongoing and Iterative Data Analysis
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We are not talking a language of cause and ef_f ect. Th is is too simplistic .uni00A0 .uni00A0 . there are multiple factors operating in vari-ous combinations to create a context .uni00A0 .uni00A0 . Identifying, sift -simple “if .uni00A0.uni00A0. then” statement. Th e result is much more likely In qualitative research, data analysis occurs alongside data collection. In ...
SECTION III: SYNTHESIZING AND INTERPRETING RESEARCH FINDINGS
5 Building Theory
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...inequities. It seems clear that researchers, as public intellec-If we don’t, few will. Rendering visible is precisely the task of Like other phases of a qualitative design, the shift from analyzing to synthesizing thematic patterns is iterative and cumulative. Th e process of looping back through data collection and analysis begins to ease up ...
6 Writing Up and Speaking Back to the Literature
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In carrying out a qualitative research project, you have been writing for quite some time. Th rough writing, you followed up on the interview-ing experience, noting particular ideas or questions that were evident to you upon completing an interview. Writing of_f ered a tool for refl exiv-ity through which you could look back on decisions made during your ...
Afterword: Loose Threads
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...societies, conscious of the fact that this examination itself is involved — and has a stake — in the very processes and con-Th is aim of this book was to invite you to consider the possibilities that are available to you in conducting qualitative research. I emphasized the inductive nature of qualitative research, the use of reciprocity and ...
Appendix A: Sample Protocol for Student Participants
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Appendix B: Past as Present, Present as Past: Historicizing Black Education and Interrogating “Integration”
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About the Author
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Anne Galletta is Associate Professor at the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. As a social psychologist, her research focus includes the study of social relations and the struc-tural arrangements infl uencing these relations. Dr. Galletta collaborates with community-based organizations and public school systems in ...
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Publication Year: 2013