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Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807746660
ISBN-10: 0807746665
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"This is a thoughtful and well written introduction to the topic. I assign it in multiple undergraduate and graduate classes I teach. The chapter on interview technique is particularly helpful, giving students useful advice on topics like how to avoid asking leading questions. Highly recommended." - Amy Bruckman, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Praise for Previous Editions! "A comprehensive perspective of the nature of qualitative inquiry and the art of interviewing..." - Theory and Research in Social Education "A good starting point for training new researchers." - The Journal of Higher Education"

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Irving Seidman is a professor of qualitative research and secondary teacher education at the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 3rd edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807746665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807746660
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this an excellent book for anyone exploring interviewing as a method for social science research. Seidman synthesized the full process of interviewing within the research process in a relatively easy read. Please note this book focuses on in-depth phenomenological interviewing. In other words, the book focuses on interviewing as a method to research the experience of individuals. Regardless of that focus, I think this is a good book to cover various issues around interviewing (even for ethnographic, case study, or grounded theory research). A key benefit of this book is that Seidman synthesizes key references for the various issues an interviewer needs to consider. These include ethical, data collection, gender, or racial considerations. In short, Seidman introduces the reader to the three interview series through which a research conducts three separate interviews of the same participant. Each interview is 90 minutes. The first interview covers the life history of the participant. The second concentrates on the current details of the participant's experience. The third interview covers the meaning of the experiences to the participants. Seidman recommends taking 2 to 3 weeks to interview each individual; the three interviews should be spaced between 3 days to a week apart
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I was fortunate to take Irv's class at UMass. His book is the most comprehensive guide to interviewing, and I have used his method in my doctoral thesis and in multiple academic papers. Irv probably has exploitation issues with his method being used to collect consumer data, but the three-stage interview method is extremely effective in exploring consumption experiences.
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Presently, while completing my doctoal degree, this text was recommended at my Dissertation Retreat with Capella University last June in Fairfax, Va. The text provides a step-by-step guide on how to conduct an interview, why should the student interview, methodological issues, an introduction to the Institutional Research Board (e.g., IRB), and other ethical issue related to your research study. I will be reading this text from cover to cover to obtain the information which is essential for the neophyte researcher who is conducting a Case study for the first time. The text is in layman's terms and easy to read---this is very important for doctoral students who are under a lot stress with other responsibilities (e.g., jobs)and limited time to complete the proposal. I rate Dr. Seidman's work as an outstanding piece of literature which will be helpful to many students now and in the future.
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This book is very helpful for qualitative researchers who are interested in exploring the philosophical commitments that interviewing entails. However, the book is somewhat focused on education researchers (as it says in the title) so if your research interests are outside of education, you might find this book limiting.
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This book provides a skeleton of qualitative interviewing and fills in many of the important details. I think it is a particularly useful text for new researchers who are developing their own standards and procedures. Perhaps most valuable is Seidman's familiarity with the literature about qualitative interviewing; reading this text gave me several credible referrals to other relevant-if not essential-texts. This book is a good starting point, but certainly not the end, for learning how to conduct qualitative research interviews.

I appreciate Seidman's conversational tone, candor, and wisdom gained from years as a researcher.

What frustrates me a bit about the book is its title. Nowhere on the front cover is "in-depth" or "phenomenological" interviewing mentioned; however, that specific methodology is the clear focus of this text. At the same time, as Seidman points out, nearly all of the principles discussed in this book are relevant to the broader method of interviewing.

Overall, a useful and comprehensive introduction to interviewing.
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Even though this book was part of my textbooks, I enjoyed reading it. Seidman's writing is simple, easy to understand, and his style is that of an advisor, which makes one feel he's there with you while you read.
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I found it to be a very useful tool in preparation for research interviews for my doctoral study. It is a 'guide' so if you are looking for more in-depth information then you should search for a text focusing more on theory.
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I needed this book for a interviewing class. Everything was great with it, it was brand new and in great condition. It came in quick which was great for class. Great for phenomonological interviewing and qualitative research.
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