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Use Your Interview Data

Use Your Interview Data
Little Quick Fix

July 2019 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Interviews are often seen as a quick, cheap, and seemingly low-stress data collection method, but once students obtain data, they can be overwhelmed at the amount of information they have to manage, sort, and analyse, even if they only have a few participant responses.

There are plenty of books on data management, coding, and analysis, but no student has time to read and internalize this much detail if a deadline is looming. Use Your Interview Data takes students through the essentials of managing, coding, and interpreting interview data so they have the overview needed to negotiate their data systematically and ensure they are not marked down for haphazard or incomplete interpretation. This Little Quick Fix provides students with the understanding and skills they need to manage, sort and analyse their interview data. Helen Kara’s overview enables students to negotiate their data systematically and give a complete interpretation for their research method assignment, essay or project.

Little Quick Fix titles provide quick but authoritative answers to the problems, hurdles, and assessment points students face in
the research course, project proposal, or design - whatever their methods learning is.

  • Lively, ultra-modern design; full-colour, each page a tailored design.
  • An hour's read. Easy to dip in and out of with clear navigation enables the reader to find what she needs - quick.
  • Direct written style gets to the point with clear language. Nothing needs to be read twice. No fluff.
  • Learning is reinforced through a 2-minute overview summary; 3-second summaries with super-quick Q&A
  • DIY tasks create a work plan to accomplish a task, do a self-check quiz, solve a problem, get students to what they need to show their supervisor.
  • Checkpoints in each section make sure students are nailing it as they go and support self-directed learning.
  • How do I know I’m done? Each Little Quick Fix wraps up with a final checklist that allows the reader to self-assess they’ve got what they need to progress, submit, or ace the test or task.
Section 1: Why do I need to be systematic with my data?
Section 2: How can I get to know my data?
Section 3: How can I devise a coding frame?
Section 4: How can I use a coding frame?
Section 5: How can I create and use emergent coding?
Section 6: How can I analyse my data?
Section 7: What do I do once I have identified the themes in my data?

Very practical and well organised book. Presents the essential information whilst prompting the student to apply it to it}s own research. Very useful for students doing their dissertations.

Dr florbela Teixeira Soares
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
May 1, 2020

Often analysing interview data can appear overwhelming. This useful and easily digestible book should help students who are having some difficulty getting to grips with the qualitative research approach.

Dr Ciaran McAleenan
School of the Built Environment (Jordanstown Campus), Ulster University
August 9, 2019

Concisely written and very relevant in content. Ideal for new researchers.

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
July 18, 2019

A really good introduction for under-graduates new to research. Succinct, readable and non-threatening. Highly recommended.

Ms Stephanie Aldred
Department of Languages, Manchester Metropolitan University
July 15, 2019

User-friendly and at the right level for our L6 UG cohort

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
July 10, 2019

Helen Kara

Dr Helen Kara FAcSS has been an independent researcher since 1999 and an independent scholar since 2011. She writes about research methods and research ethics, and teaches doctoral students and staff at higher education institutions worldwide. Her books include Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide and Research Ethics in the Real World: Euro-Western and Indigenous Perspectives for Policy Press, and four books in the SAGE Little Quick Fix series. She also writes comics and fiction. In 2021, at the age of 56, she was diagnosed autistic. Her neurodiversity explains her lifelong special interest in, and ability to focus on, words,... More About Author