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Interviewing techniques

Dave Middleton Workshop 6C and Workshop 7F

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14 March 2010

Dave Middleton

Wednesday 24 March, 1.45-2.45pm
Workshop 6C
Central Meeting Room 15

Wednesday 24 March, 3.15-4.15pm
Workshop 7F
Central Meeting Room 15

For those planning on using interviews as a data collection tool, this workshop will cover:

  • Negotiating access and gatekeepers
  • Establishing rapport
  • Types of questions used by interviewers

Dave Middleton is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences where he is a Staff Tutor in Wales and a member of POLIS. He is Chair of the Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Sociology Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) Advisory Group. Dave has an interest in innovative teaching methods and in July 2007 completed a £250,000 HEFCE funded project PARLE, developing a DVD of postgraduate research training materials aimed specifically at politics students. The DVD ‘Doing Political Research’ was launched at the Houses of Parliament and has the support of a number of departments across the UK. Dave was, until December 2008 Research School Academic Coordinator. He contributes to the Doctoral Training Workshop programme and has taught research methods to hundreds of students including sociologists, political scientists, media studies, financial services managers, strategic management accountants at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He is currently Chair of the Social Science Masters Foundation modules D822 Investigating the Social World and D821 Investigating the Pyschological World. Dave’s thesis on the political use of the concept respect was awarded by the University of London in 2005. He has recently published a number of articles on the subject of e-learning in universities, the most recent in European Political Science (2010) entitled ‘Putting the learning into e-learning’

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Dr David Middleton
1:18pm 24 March 2010

Okay, this session is underway. There's about 600 people in the room! Only kidding (Estates please note, we are complying with health and safety). I have asked everybody to think about some themes for an interview, and they are all talking - with luck they are talking about what I have asked them to do.

Dr David Middleton
1:31pm 24 March 2010

Okay, this is absolute chaos. But fun. We 've developed some themes and now we are in pairs interviewing one another. If only we had more time....

Dr David Middleton
1:32pm 24 March 2010

Bit disappointed to find that theres not much live blogging going on, where are the other presenters?

Dr David Middleton
2:32pm 24 March 2010

During the session I mentioned that everybody should buy James Spradley's book The Ethnographic Interview. Just looked it up on Amazon. Its priced at £43!! Probably not going to be a rush for it then....


Dr David Middleton
3:01pm 24 March 2010

The second session is underway. From 600 to 6....

A bit quieter in the room than the previous session, but some good work being done as they break up into group work.

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