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Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond

From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Anne Galletta

Publication Year: 2013

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond offers an in-depth and captivating step-by-step guide to the use of semi-structured interviews in qualitative research. By tracing the life of an actual research project–an exploration of a school district's effort over 40 years to address racial equality–as a consistent example threaded across the volume, Anne Galletta shows in concrete terms how readers can approach the planning and execution of their own new research endeavor, and illuminates unexpected real-life challenges they may confront and how to address them.
 
The volume offers a close look at the inductive nature of qualitative research, the use of researcher reflexivity, and the systematic and iterative steps involved in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. It offers guidance on how to develop an interview protocol, including the arrangement of questions and ways to evoke analytically rich data.
 
Particularly useful for those who may be familiar with qualitative research but have not yet conducted a qualitative study, Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond will serve both undergraduate and graduate students as well as more advanced scholars seeking to incorporate this key methodological approach into their repertoire.
 
Anne Galletta is Associate Professor at the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University.
 
William E. Cross, Jr. is the author of Shades of Black: Diversity in African-American Identity.
 
In the Qualitative Studies in Psychology series

Published by: NYU Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

With this book, scholars and students who embrace qualitative research methods to excavate new knowledge are introduced to the semi-structured 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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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

Words do little justice in conveying my gratitude to those who have contributed to this book and sustained me in its preparation. That said, I open this book with a testimony of my appreciation. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

This book is written for budding social scientists and those more advanced scholars interested in developing or fine-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. ...

Section I: Setting the Stage

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1. Crafting a Design to Yield a Complete Story

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pp. 9-44

In this chapter, I will lead you through the process of crafting a research design to respond fully to your topic of interest. We’ll address the role of building on extant literature and its influence in shaping your research question, methods, and analytical framework. ...

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2. The Semi-Structured Interview as a Repertoire of Possibilities

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pp. 45-72

The semi-structured interview, valued for its accommodation to a range of research goals, typically reflects variation in its use of questions, prompts, and accompanying tools and resources to draw the participant 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

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3. Conducting the Interview: The Role of Reciprocity and Reflexivity

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pp. 75-118

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. ...

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4. Ongoing and Iterative Data Analysis

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pp. 119-146

In qualitative research, data analysis occurs alongside data collection. In this way the analysis is ongoing, as you note thematic patterns emerging in the data. Data analysis is also iterative, requiring you to return frequently to your data for further study in order to ensure meaning. With each loop back, you become further steeped in the data. ...

Section III: Synthesizing and Interpreting Research Findings

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5. Building Theory

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pp. 149-172

Like other phases of a qualitative design, the shift from analyzing to synthesizing thematic patterns is iterative and cumulative. The process of looping back through data collection and analysis begins to ease up as the constitutive analytical threads are secured in place. ...

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6. Writing Up and Speaking Back to the Literature

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pp. 173-190

In carrying out a qualitative research project, you have been writing for quite some time. Through writing, you followed up on the interviewing experience, noting particular ideas or questions that were evident to you upon completing an interview. ...

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Afterword: Loose Threads

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pp. 191-194

This 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 reflexivity, and the systematic and iterative steps involving data collection, analysis, and interpretation. ...

Appendix A: Sample Protocol for Student Participants

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pp. 195-202

Appendix B: Past as Present, Present as Past: Historicizing Black Education and Interrogating “Integration”

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pp. 203-230

Notes

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pp. 231-234

References

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pp. 235-240

Index

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pp. 241-244

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About the Author

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pp. 245-260

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 structural arrangements influencing these relations ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780814732953
E-ISBN-10: 0814732933
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814732939
Print-ISBN-10: 0814732933

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013