The 'What is？' Research Methods series provides authoritative introductions to a range of research methods which are at the forefront of developments in the social sciences.
Each volume sets out the key elements of the particular method and features examples of its application, drawing on a consistent structure across the whole series. Written in an accessible style by leading experts in the field, this series is an innovative pedagogical and research resource.
What is Qualitative Interviewing? is an accessible and comprehensive'what is' and 'how to' methods book. It is distinctive in emphasizing the importance of good practice in understanding and undertaking qualitative interviews within the framework of a clear philosophical position. Rosalind Edwards and Janet Holland provide clear and succinct explanations of relevant philosophies and theories of how to know about the social world, and a thorough discussion of how to go about researching it using interviews. A series of short chapters explain a range of interview types and practices. Drawing on their own and colleagues' experiences Edwards and Holland provide real research examples as informative illustrations of qualitative interviewing in practice and the use of creative interview tools. They discuss the use of new technologies as well as tackling enduring issues around asking and listening, and power dynamics in research. Written in a clear and accessible style the book concludes with a useful annotated bibliography of key texts and journals in the field. What is Qualitative Interview？ provides a vital resource for both new an experienced researchers across the social science disciplines.
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1 What do the key terms used about qualitative interviews mean？
2 How have qualitative interviews developed？
3 What forms can qualitative interviews take？
4 Where can qualitative interviews take place？
5 What sort of research tools can be used in conducting qualitative interviews？
6 What are the practicalities involved in conducting qualitative interviews？
7 What are the power and emotional dynamics of qualitative interviews？
8 What are the strengths, challenges and future of qualitative interviews？