The Research Interview
This book brings into focus the decisions that the interviewer faces at all stages of the interview process. Taking a data-led approach, the book makes evident choices and decisions in planning for, managing, analysing and representing interviews. The chapters concentrate on the real-time, moment-by-moment nature of interview management and interaction. A key feature of the book is the inclusion of reflexive vignettes that foreground the voices and experience of qualitative researchers (both novices and more expert practitioners). The vignettes demonstrate the importance of reflecting on and learning from interactional experience. In addition, the book provides an overview of different types of interviews, commenting on the orientation and make-up of each type. Overall, this book encourages reflective thinking about the use of research interviews. It distinguishes between reflection, reflective practice and reflexivity. All the chapters focus on recurring choices, dilemmas and puzzles; offering advice in opening out and engaging with these aspects of the research interview. Steve Mann is Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. He previously lectured at both Aston University and University of Birmingham. Steve supervises a research group of PhD students who are investigating teacher education and development. He contributes sessions on research interviewing for the Doctorate Training Centre at the University of Warwick.
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