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Tue 6 Nov, Tue 13 Nov, ... Tue 27 Nov 2012
14:00 - 15:30

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Centre


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Module 22: Doing Qualitative Interviews

Tue 6 Nov, Tue 13 Nov, ... Tue 27 Nov 2012


This module is part of the Social Science Research Methods Centre training programme which is a shared platform for providing research students with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods skills that are relevant across the social sciences.

The module provides an overview of interviewing as a social research method - guidance on planning interviews, pre-interview and post-interview tasks, positionality and ethics. It also provides an introduction to module structure, based on a specific interview topic. It concentrates on the processes of organising information after interviews, including interpretation through coding and close reading. Case Studies will look at PhD research on perceptions of forest use in Madagascar; in particualar the process of gathering qualitative interviews - planning through transcription to analysis. Looking at issues of gaining access and introducing sensitive research to interviewees, creating a good interview environment; the ethics of researching controversial/illegal topics.

Target audience
  • Mphil and PhD students from participating departments taking the Social Science Research Methods Course as part of their research degree

Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 6 Nov 2012   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Sarah Radcliffe
2 Tue 13 Nov 2012   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Sarah Radcliffe
3 Tue 20 Nov 2012   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map A.R. Tucker
4 Tue 27 Nov 2012   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Philippa Williams
Topics covered
  • Session 1: Introduction to interviews and module outline
  • Session 2: Methods of interpretation and coding
  • Session 3: Case Study 1: Ethics and participatory research
  • Session 4: Case Study 2: How to find your interviewee

To provide an overview of interviewing and introduction to the module structure, concentrating on processes - organising information, interpretations through coding; gathering data from planning through transcription to analysis. Focussing on issues of ethics, positionality and logistics


Presentations only

  • Thompson, P. & Perks, R. Introduction to Oral History Telling it how it was: a Guide to Recording Oral History. BBC Education.
  • Humphries, S. (1984) The Handbook of Oral History: Recording Life Stories. Inter Action.
  • Dunaway, D. & Baum, W.K. (eds.),(1997). Oral History: an Interdisciplinary Anthology, (2nd ed). Altamira Press ASSLH Primer Series.
  • Flowerdew, R. & Martin, D. (2005). Methods in Human Geography: a Guide for Students Doing a Research Project. (2nd ed). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
  • Ely, M. & Anzul, M. (1991). Doing Qualitative Research: Circles within Circles. London: Falmer.
  • Eyles, J. & Smith, D.M. (1988) Qualitative Methods in Human Geography. Cambridge: Polity.
  • To gain maximum benefits from the course it is important that students do not see this course in isolation from the other MPhil courses or research training they are taking.
  • Responsibility lies with each student to consider the potential for their own research using methods common in fields of the social sciences that may seem remote. Ideally this task will be facilitated by integration of the SSRMC with discipline-specific courses in their departments and through reading and discussion.

Four sessions of one and a half hours each.


Once a week for four weeks.

Qualitative Methods

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