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The Research Interview

Reflective Practice and Reflexivity in Research Processes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Steve Mann
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  3. Steve Mann
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  5. Steve Mann
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  11. Steve Mann
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 282-325

About this book


Research and Qualitative Interviews brings into focus the decisions that the interviewer faces by taking a data-led approach in order to open up choices and decisions in the process of 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.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Research Interview
  • Book Subtitle Reflective Practice and Reflexivity in Research Processes
  • Authors S. Mann
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-35334-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-35335-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-35336-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 325
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Applied Linguistics
    Language Education
    Language Teaching
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“Throughout the book, the reader is given though-provoking tasks. … Reading The Research Interview felt more like completing a course, than reading a textbook. … It certainly has a role in doctoral and postgraduate research training for qualitative researchers, either for self-directed learning or as a resource for trainers. So too might it be a useful purchase for a qualitative research group, helping researchers keep their interviewing skills sharp.” (Catherine Aicken, Qualitative Methods in Psychology, (23), 2018)

“It should be introduced into any course on qualitative research as a key stimulus text for discussing these concepts, or given to any research student writing on these topics in their methodology. … Mann has managed to pack an enormous wealth of interviewing knowledge and experience into a handy, well-written volume which is both a pleasure to read and an education in itself.” (Victoria Elliott, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, Vol. 41 (2), January, 2018)