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"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.

The Semi-Structured Interview as Part of Grounded Theory
The semi-structured interview as part of grounded theory

On reading this chapter you should:

  • understand how to design and conduct a qualitative interview as a means of data collection;
  • be able to transcribe your data for qualitative analysis; and
  • understand the importance of reflexivity.

Section 19.1 introduces and details the qualitative interview as a method of data collection. The iterative relationship between the interview as a data-collection technique and grounded theory as a data-analysis technique is highlighted. Section 19.2 focuses on designing a qualitative interview-based study and looks at important design issues, such as recruiting participants, appropriate sample size and theoretical sampling. The issues involved in constructing your interview guide are also dealt with, for example the importance of how questions are ...

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