Analysing Nuance: The Strengths and Limitations Of Interviews in Educational Research

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This paper explores the strengths and weaknesses of interviewing as a research method by looking at it through the lens of fieldwork into educational leadership and management. An overview of literature is followed by specific examples from the research. These illustrate that interview responses operate on a number of levels, all of which need to be taken into account if research is to make justifiable claims to be describing the truth of a situation. The conclusion is that interviewing remains a meaningful way to gather data, especially if they are factual or technical in character, but that, for interpretative comments, the researcher must be careful in the analysis to which he or she subjects them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers from the student conference
Subtitle of host publicationEducation research: strengths and limitations
EditorsChris Corcoran, Sandra Cooke, Robert Eden, Ewa Lucas-Gardiner, Natasha Macnab
Place of PublicationBirmingham
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0704427109, 9780704427105
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventEducation Research: Strengths and Limitations - University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20085 Jul 2008

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NameSchool of Education: Papers from the Student Conference
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham


ConferenceEducation Research: Strengths and Limitations
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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