The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stag

Semi-Structured Interviewing and Qualitative Analysis

Semi-Structured Interviewing and Qualitative Analysis

Semi-structured interviewing and qualitative analysis
Jonathan A.Smith

This chapter is an introduction to conducting and analysing semi-structured interviews. It will briefly put the use of this method within a theoretical context and will then outline the various stages of conducting a semi-structured interview project – producing an interview schedule, conducting the interview, analysing the material and writing up. This is a practically oriented chapter – intended mainly to help a reader with no previous experience of this type of psychological research method.

In general, researchers use semi-structured interviews in order to gain a detailed picture of a respondent's beliefs about, or perceptions or accounts of, a particular topic. The method gives the researcher and respondent much more flexibility than the more conventional structured interview, ...

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