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Reflective Interviewing
A Guide to Theory and Practice



January 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Qualitative researchers have long made use of many different interview forms. Yet, for novice researchers, making the connections between "theory" and "method" is not always easy. Reflective Interviewing provides a theoretically-informed guide for researchers learning how to interview in the social sciences.

In order to undertake high quality research using qualitative interviews, a researcher must be able to theorize the application of interviews to investigate research problems in social science research. As part of this process, researchers examine their subject positions in relation to participants, and examine their interview interactions systematically to inform research design. This book provides a practical approach to interviewing, helping researchers to learn about themselves as interviewers in ways that will inform the design, conduct, analysis, and representation of interview data.

The author takes the reader through the practicalities of designing and conducting an interview study, and relates various forms of interview to different underlying epistemological assumptions about how knowledge is produced. The book concludes with practical advice and perspectives from experienced researchers who use interviews as a method of data generation.

Reflective Interviewing is written for a multidisciplinary audience of students of qualitative research methods.

 
Introduction
 
Asking Questions and Individual Interviews
 
Interviews with Groups
 
Theorizing the Qualitative Interview
 
Designing Studies That Use Interviews
 
Doing Interview Research
 
Theorizing the Researcher: The Reflective Interviewer
 
Examining Interview Talk
 
Analyzing and Representing Interview Data
 
Final Thoughts: Learning How to Interview

This is a very useful textbook for postgraduate courses and research students. There are now many good books on interviewing, but Kathryn Roulston's stands out in terms of its in-depth treatment of this method.

Dr Alfredo Gaitan
Psychology , University of Bedsfordshire
December 14, 2012

This is a great book, but due to costs of the other Sage texts that I adopted, will have to put this one aside.

Dr Diana Cohen
Political Science Dept, Central Connecticut State University
December 13, 2012

Extremely useful, in depth guide to interviewing that several students will find useful as an additional reference book, alongside more generic research methods texts (especially at postgraduate level).

Dr Daniel Bloyce
Dept of Sport & Excercise Science, Chester University
August 17, 2012

The book is valuable for those students undertaking extensive interviewing within their research.
It has helped to inform research proposals, supported procedures and promted refelection on the the production and language of the questiuoning used.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
October 3, 2011

This is a useful book for those considering an interview based study. It encourages the researcher to explore the roles of reflection and reflexivity in interview based research.

Mr John Mcluskey
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physi, Nottingham University
June 29, 2011

another useful but very specific subject area. Useful for the post-graduates and those looking to use this technique as part of their dissertation/PhD

Dr Richard Peake
Law , Leeds University
April 13, 2011

This will be part of my reading list for trainee teachers who are doing their research project.

Dr Seidu Salifu
Teacher Training, NESCOT
March 30, 2011

An excellent text - I found discussion of theoretical perspective underpinning the different types of interviews very useful.

I also found discussion on analysing focus group interviews very useful.

will be asking both second and third year undergraduate social work students to buy this text.

Mrs Ann Anka
Havering College of FE & HE, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 10, 2011

A good thorough text of value to many researchers who use interview methods in their work - including those who do not necessarily consider their style to be 'reflective' as there are important lessons here for other interview approaches to learn from and, where possible, incorporate.

Dr Stephen Goss
Metanoia Institute, Centre for Practice Based Research, Middlesex University
March 7, 2011

An carefully nuanced discussion of interviewing as a research practice. I was impressed by the way that Roulston introduced a series of issues that have been hotly debated by qualitative researchers. While not all our students use interviewing as a research method I am recommending it to those who do.

Mark Duffett
Department of Media, Chester University
February 15, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter One


Kathryn Joy Roulston

Kathryn Roulston is a Professor in the Qualitative Research Program in the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where she teaches qualitative research methods. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, qualitative interviewing, and analyses of talk-in-interaction. She is editor of Interactional Studies of Qualitative Interviews (2019), and with Kathleen deMarrais, has co-authored Exploring the Archives: A Beginner’s Guide for Qualitative Researchers (forthcoming). She has contributed chapters to The SAGE Handbook of Interview Research (2012, 2nd edition), The SAGE... More About Author

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