How to Interview and Conduct Focus Groups

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Pub. Date: 2022-08-23
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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Speaking with people is one of the best ways to understand the “why” and “how” of human experience, values, beliefs, and perspectives.
This book offers guidance for undergraduate and masters-level students in conducting a research project that involves personal interviews or focus groups. It provides tips on how to plan for, conduct, and analyze qualitative data.

Readers will learn how interviews and focus groups can be used in various qualitative research designs. They will explore coding, analysis, and reporting methods, along with conceptual issues like inductive logic and voice. Professional skills for interacting and for using technology ethically and appropriately are also covered.
Helpful organizational tools in the book include example interview protocols, tips for recruitment and requesting consent, group facilitation guidelines, instructions for creating codebooks, and samples of different writing and publishing formats.
In recent decades, opportunities have increased for students to engage in inquiry-driven learning. This book will help them take advantage of such opportunities and enhance their applications to graduate school or jobs in academic, research, or clinical settings.

Author Biography

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her scholarship traces inborn versus learnable beliefs about creativity and talent in philosophical tracts and political rhetoric, documents the process of learning how to problem solve, and integrates the arts into leadership curriculum and STEM education. She served as President of APA’s Division 10 and as Associate Editor for the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. She also serves as Past Chair of the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association.

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Chapter 1: Qualitative Research Essentials
Chapter 2: Interviews
Chapter 3: Focus Groups
Chapter 4: Combining Interviews and Focus Groups With Each Other and With Other Types of Data
Chapter 5. Addressing Rigor, Validity, and Reliability
Chapter 6: Transcribing and Coding
Chapter 7. Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter 8: Writing up and Publishing Results
Appendix: Resources for Qualitative Researchers
About the Author

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