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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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Conducting the Interview

Conducting the Interview

The Role of Reciprocity and Reflexivity

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Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond

Anne Galletta

William E. Cross

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the role of researchers in maintaining reciprocity in a semi-structured interview, including the importance of their reflexivity in responding to the answers of the participants. The key to effective interviewing is the researchers' attention to the participants' narrative as it is unfolding. Well-informed judgments on the part of the researcher are important as to when to, and when not to, interrupt the participant as he or she responds to a question. Guiding the participants within open-ended questions takes some anticipation of possible routes they may travel in responding. Thus, as thematic patterns emerge, explored and labeled as codes, the researcher becomes more attentive to further evidence of these patterns in future interviews.

Keywords:   researcher, reciprocity, reflexivity, open-ended questions, participants, interviews

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