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

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732939

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732939.001.0001

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Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond

Anne Galletta

William E. Cross

NYU Press

This introductory chapter describes the semi-structured interview, which addresses specific dimensions of the research question while also allowing for study participants to offer new meanings to the topic of study. It is particularly instrumental in creating openings for a narrative to unfold, while including questions informed by theory. It also leaves a space through which one might explore with participants the contextual influences evident in the narratives. To illustrate this methodological approach and philosophical orientation, the book provides a qualitative study focused on a particular social problem with a long history in education and psychology. Referred to throughout as “the desegregation study,” its inclusion is intended to illustrate in a concrete and detailed manner the use of the semi-structured interview within a multimethod qualitative study.

Keywords:   semi-structured interview, narrative, theory, narratives, methodological approach, philosophical orientation

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