Publication Date: May 31, 2019
This popular text, now in its fifth edition, provides step-by-step guidance for new and experienced researchers who want to use interviewing as a research method. This user-friendly guide explains the rationale for interviewing and the complexity of selecting interview participants, important interviewing techniques, and how to work with the results of interviews. Appropriate for individual and classroom use, this expanded edition includes: a revised assessment of the utility of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis systems; contributions by Julie Simpson, the Director of Research Integrity Services at the University of New Hampshire, about preparing research for local Institutional Review Boards; and guidance for obtaining informed consent when using technology to interview, when interviewing abroad, and when hoping to include children as participants.
Irving Seidman is professor emeritus at the School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He offers workshops and short courses and communicates with individual researchers who have questions about the methods described in this book.
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
“I have used Seidman's text with great success with graduate students new to qualitative research. Its complex yet readable treatment is an essential part of the toolbox for both novice and experienced qualitative interviewers.”
—Mark R. Warren, associate professor of public policy and public affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston
"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