Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing
This course introduces researchers to the method of qualitative interviewing using a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures.
This one-day course provides hands-on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills and techniques. It is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students who have little or no experience of qualitative interviewing. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. Previous courses have attracted researchers from a wide range of disciplines including health professionals, social scientists and educators.
The course will include:
- lectures focusing on practical and theoretical elements of qualitative research interviews,
- practical sessions offering researchers the opportunity to produce an interview schedule (topic guide) and practise different qualitative interviewing skills,
- feedback sessions to help improve interviewing techniques,
- discussion of recruitment, ethical issues and challenging circumstances including sensitive subjects and hard-to-reach groups.
By the end of the course participants will
- have an understanding of the main features of qualitative interviewing,
- be familiar with the key skills of interviewing, including body language, asking open questions, probing and active listening,
- have gained practical experience of designing an interview schedule (topic guide),
- have developed qualitative interviewing skills using different techniques,
- be aware of issues associated with qualitative interviewing, including recruitment, ethics and challenging circumstances.
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Course fee: TBC
Duration: 1 day
Total places: 22
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“The course has been fantastic! Many thanks for the clear and useful teaching - handouts, clips. All instructors were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Really brought qual methods to life. The experiential work was especially useful.”
- Course attendee
The course is run by the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. HERG has been running successful qualitative research methods courses for over ten years drawing on the wide range of expertise within the group which includes the disciplinary areas of medical sociology, anthropology and public policy.
The Research Group conducts qualitative research focusing on the personal experiences of health conditions. The research findings, together with supporting video, audio and text extracts from the qualitative interviews, are published at www.healthtalk.org. This unique Oxford database of over 2000 qualitative interviews provides interesting, informative and contemporary teaching materials to support the course content.