Training and Events
Doing Qualitative Interviews
|Social Science Research Methods Programme, University of Cambridge|
Dr Charlotte Lemanski
11/11/2019 - 25/11/2019
Mill Lane, Cambridge
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Face-to-face interviews are used to collect a wide range of information in the social sciences. They are appropriate for the gathering of information on individual and institutional patterns of behaviour; complex histories or processes; identities and cultural meanings; routines that are not written down; and life-history events. Face-to-face interviews thus comprise an appropriate method to generate information on individual behaviour, the reasons for certain patterns of acting and talking, and the type of connection people have with each other.
The first session provides an overview of interviewing as a social research method, then focuses on the processes of organising and conducting qualitative interviews. The second session explores the ethics and practical constraints of interviews as a research method, particularly relevant when attempting to engage with marginalised or stigmatised communities. The third session focuses on organisation and analysis after interviews, including interpretation through coding and close reading. This session involves practical examples from qualitative analysis software. The final session provides an opportunity for a hands-on session, to which students should bring their interview material (at whatever stage of the process: whether writing interview questions, coding or analysing data) in order to receive advice and support in taking the interview material/data to the next stage of the research process.
1. Conducting qualitative interviews
2. Ethics and practical constraints
3. Practical session: interpretation and analysis
Monday 11 November 2019, 2pm - 4pm
Monday 18 November 2019, 2pm - 4pm
Monday 25 November 2019, 2pm - 4pm
This module is not assessed. Proof of attendance is issued, but a 5-minute feedback form on the module that is sent out when it has finished, must be completed in order for proof of attendance to be issued.
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Free for students and staff at the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.
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East of England
Participatory Research, Data Collection, Participant Recruitment, Survey and Questionnaire Design, Qualitative Interviewing, Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis
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