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Essentials of Qualitative Interviewing (Qualitative Essentials)


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Karin Olsons brief, accessible guide to the principles and practices of qualitative interviewing is a welcome addition for students and novice practitioners in a wide array of fields. Interview is the most common method for gaining information in the social realm, so there are a bewildering array of techniques and strategies for conducting them. Olson outlines the various options—from formal to highly unstructured, individual and group—and shows how and when to use each. She takes the researcher through the interview process, from design to report, and addresses key issues such as researcher standpoint, vulnerable populations, translation, and research ethics. Exercises, examples, and tables offer a convenient set of tools for understanding. This slim guide is a key resource for any research methods course.

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Olson (nursing and Institute for Qualitative Methodology, U. of Alberta, Canada) provides a guide to the principles and practices of qualitative interviewing for students and new practitioners doing research in a variety of fields. She draws from her courses, workshops, and research experiences, along with the literature on interviewing, to discuss standpoint and the importance of situating one's self in one's study, identifying the research participant, types of interviews in qualitative studies and approaches to data generation, logistics and challenges, transforming the interview into data, and consent and ethical issues. Appendices contain excerpts of sample interviews and her comments. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


A brief, accessible guide for students and novice researchers to the principles and practices of qualitative interviewing, both formal and unstructured.

About the Author

Karin Olson is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and a Distinguished Scholar in the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her research is focused on symptom experience in advanced cancer. She is especially interested in documenting links between behavioral and physiological processes associated with symptom experience and in developing methodological approaches for showing the social construction of symptom experience.

Table of Contents

Practical Issues Associated With the Interview Process Concluding the Interview Field Notes and Interviews Debriefing Following Interviews Concluding the Interview Relationship Summary Exercises Chapter 6: Transforming, Managing, and Analyzing Interview Data Recording the Interview Transcribing the Interview Managing Interview Data Analyzing Interview Data Summary Exercises Chapter 7: Ethical Issues in Interviewing Research Vulnerability Vulnerability, Recruitment, and Consent Ethical Issues Related to the Use of Interview Data for Secondary Analysis and Teaching Ethical Issues Related to Boundaries Exercises Chapter 8: Interviewing and Qualitative Research The Research Relationship The Research Relationship and the Interview Process The Importance of Practice Appendix: Extracts from Interviews References Index About the Author

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Olson, Karin
Left Coast Press
Brinkmann, Svend
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
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Qualitative Essentials
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