This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.

The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.

This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.



This chapter is a guide to interviews in practitioner research. It gives an understanding of when it is appropriate to use interviews to gather information, what types of interviews can be used, their various advantages and disadvantages, how to design interviews and what can influence the effectiveness of those interviews. We draw on our research experience for examples and insights on using interviews in real educational settings.

You will benefit from consulting Chapter 9 on focus groups, for issues also pertinent to interviewing, particularly selecting informants and interpersonal dynamics, and the section on qualitative analysis, in Chapter 13, on how to deal with the information gathered from interviews.

Why Use Interviews?

A research interview is a dialogue aimed at eliciting information on a certain topic or topics ...

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