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Learning Interviewing for Qualitative Research: A Step-By-Step Guide
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qualitative methods
research skills

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Lopez Ricoy, Ana. 2022. “Learning Interviewing for Qualitative Research: A Step-By-Step Guide”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, April. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Interviews are one of the most used qualitative research methods in sociology, yet the methodology on teaching students how to design, conduct and analyze interviews in the service of a research question is largely underdeveloped. This learning technique consists of four activities adaptable to the research topic or subject area of the instructor’s...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems, Other, Qualitative Methodology, Research Methods
Resource Type(s):
Assignment, Class Activity
Class Level(s):
College 100
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will know how to use interviews as a qualitative research method
  2. • Students will identify the type of information contributed by qualitative interviews for sociological analysis
  3. • Students will recognize how interview quotes provide empirical support for qualitative research
  4. • Students will be able to create an interview questionnaire appropriate to a defined research question
  5. • Students will be able to conduct a qualitative interview and self-assess the information obtained by an interview and self-assess their interviewing skills

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Learning objectives will be assessed at the end of each activity through an individual self-assessment, as well as through a final report where students will hand in a short analysis and guided self-reflection on their overall learning process.

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