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Qualitative Interviewing

24th October 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

24 October 2019

Qualitative Interviewing

Organised by Social Research Association
Presenter Dr Karen Lumsden
Date 24/10/2019
Venue Carlton Hilton Hotel, North Bridge, Edinburgh (tbc)
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Contact Lindsay Adams – T: 0207 255 0695
E: lindsay.adams@the-sra.org.uk
Description As a qualitative method, interviewing can generate wonderfully rich and nuanced data, but it requires considerable social, listening and questioning skills. This one-day course is designed to help participants become aware of and practise some of the techniques involved. As well as a grounding in the principles of semi-structured and in-depth interviewing, participants will gain hands-on experience of conducting interviews, acting as an interviewee, and giving and receiving detailed feedback. Some knowledge of qualitative research or attendance on the design day is advisable.

During the course we will cover:

  • theories of interviewing
  • when to use this method
  • different kinds of interview and degrees of structure
  • questioning and probing skills (how to criticise and improve on these)
  • practical issues involved in setting up interviews
  • interviewing different kinds of participant
  • recording and transcription

Course tutor

Dr Karen Lumsden is Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Leicester and has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. She has experience teaching qualitative research methods at postgraduate level and to academics and practitioners. This includes courses at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, University of Essex and Kingston University, and for the Social Research Association. Karen has also designed and delivered social research methods training for police officers and staff via the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC). She was lead of their Victims, Witnesses & Public Protection Network. She has authored a number of academic books and journal articles in the areas of sociology and criminology, and on research methods.

Level Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
Cost £270 which includes lunch and refreshments. Members for SRA pay £202.50
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Region Scotland
Keywords Qualitative Interviewing
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24th October 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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