Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and BeyondFrom Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and BeyondFrom Research Design to Analysis and Publication

Anne Galletta

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780814732939

Publisher: NYU Press

Abstract

This book offers an in-depth step-by-step guide to the use of semi-structured interviews in qualitative research. By tracing the life of an actual research project—an exploration of a school district's effort over 40 years to address racial equality—as a consistent example threaded across the book, it shows how readers can approach the planning and execution of their own new research endeavor, and illuminates unexpected real-life challenges they may confront and how to address them. The book offers a close look at the inductive nature of qualitative research, the use of researcher reflexivity, and the systematic and iterative steps involved in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. It offers guidance on how to develop an interview protocol, including the arrangement of questions and ways to evoke analytically rich data.