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I cannot recommend Alan Morris’ excellent book on in-depth interviewing too highly for all aspiring social science interviewers. It should be essential reading for postgraduate and undergraduate students who want to know exactly how to design, undertake and analyse semi-structured interviews.
There are books about qualitative methods, but Alan Morris brings his considerable experience and social science research expertise to a book specifically about the in-depth interview. The book covers not only ‘how to do’ excellent, subject-sensitive interviews. In a very engaging analytical style Morris takes the reader through the history of interviewing, the various approaches to interviewing, the research ethics challenges, and importantly, how to conduct the data analysis. This is a must read for any qualitative social scientist, whether trainee or highly experienced.
This is an excellent guide to the essential aspects of in-depth interviewing, highly valuable for newcomers and a great source for more experienced interviewers. The deep knowledge of the author shows through in the insightful comments about interview strategies and analysis. This book will help you obtain better quality data to produce more robust and reliable research. It also includes vital advice on negotiating university ethics committees.
In-depth interviewing is amongst the richest methods of social science research. But it is a highly skilled craft, and for the novice, can be intimidating to embark on, and difficult to use successfully. In this book, Alan Morris provides the ideal guide for anyone starting out on the path of in-depth interviews. Morris writes in a highly engaging style, characterized by clarity and conciseness. He draws on relevant and interesting examples from the literature and from his vast experience as a researcher in both South Africa and Australia.
This should be required reading for everyone who uses in-depth interviewing during their research process. The author is an award winning sociologist with rich research experience in widely different social contexts. The book is extremely erudite, drawing on a vast knowledge of the relevant literature, as well as on the author’s own extensive research encounters with a variety of informants. It is lively, practical and - most importantly - is aimed at increasing the enjoyment of those using this powerful method to obtain new knowledge.
...Immensely readable and highly accessible, Morris introduces difficult concepts clearly and illustrates each point with real-life examples and helpful activities...This clear and authoritative guide is a must-read for any student or researcher embarking on interview research and wanting practice-based guidance.
This is a great book for those who are planning to conduct interviews for the first time or to refresh knowledge. It offers practical advice and clear explanations. I recommend it for students from all levels who are studying/planning to conduct in-depth interviews.
Morris provides a user-friendly introductory text for inexperienced researchers wanting to do in-depth interviews.
A great amount of detail on planning and conducting the interviews, with details of strategies for when things go a little 'off'. Vital information for undergrads or anyone considering interviews for their dissertation. Even experienced researchers will learn something from this book.
This text is applicable to a wide range of research practice applications where field work is a key component. It is pragmatic and equally informative for comprehensive media broadcasting based projects.
This is a concise and very good introduction to qualitative interviewing that covers all the major steps in conducting qualitative interviews. It does not approach the topic from a political science perspective (which would have been ideal for my purposes) but is still very much accessible to political science students. An excellent book that my students will benefit from immensely.
This is a very useful text to enable under and postgraduate students explore the various elements involved in conducting interviews.
We are not allowed to "adopt" textbooks, but we can strongly suggest to students. About 1/4 of my dissertation seminar bought the book on their own.
This book is a very useful resource for those who chose to conduct qualitative research using interviews. Equally good for undergraduate and postgraduate level.
A good book to introduce students to the art of interviewing. Very easy to read.
Fits with objectives.
The text is highly engaging and accessible, providing essential knowledge of interviewing. Students will find it very helpful
This is a useful introductory book for students starting to undertake interviews as a means of data collection.
A most useful resource for PG dissertation students who wish to engage with qualitative research methods.
This would be recommended as supplementary reading for those students wishing to undertake interviewing but would be done on an individual basis. However, I would also find this very useful for my own Doctorate studies and I will show my cohort and programme lead in relation to how clear and useful this text is