Interviews and interviewing

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This article begins with a broad discussion of interviewing as a data-collection technique. It then offers a more theoretically nuanced understanding of how interviews and interviewing are conceptualized and used by quantitative and qualitative researchers. The remainder of the article focuses on three qualitative interview techniques: in-depth, ethnographic, and focus group interviews. It is suggested that these three styles are similar in that they all involve asking questions and receiving responses from research participants; however, they vary in terms of their emphasis on the inner self, social context, and group dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080448947
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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