Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies

Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies

by Robert S. Weiss

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Overview

Learning From Strangers is the definitive work on qualitative research interviewing. It draws on Robert Weiss's thirty years of experience in interviewing and teaching others how to do it. The most effective interviews, says Weiss, rely on creating cooperation — an open and trusting alliance between interviewer and respondent, dedicated to specific and honest accounts of both internal and external events. Against the eclectic background of his work in national sample surveys, studies based on semi-structured interviewing, and participant observation, Weiss walks the reader through the method of qualitative interview studies: sample selection, development of an interview guide, the conduct of the interview, analysis, and preparation of the data. Weiss gives examples of successful and less successful interviews and offers specific techniques and guidelines for the practitioner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684823126
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 421,118
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Robert S. Weiss is Director of the Work and Family Research Unit and Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of several books including Staying the Course (The Free Press, 1990).

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Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jorgearanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A clear, succinct, and (atypical for methods books) entirely useful guide to perform interviews. Of particular note are the dissections of interview transcripts. I wish I'd read this years ago, before I started doing qualitative interviews, but I still found plenty to learn here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago