This short course is for postgraduate students wishing to gain an understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical practices an empirical researcher adopts when interviewing participants. It will also assist in helping students explore the practicalities of relating different methods of interviewing to their own research philosophies. In summary, it will enable early career researchers to critically review their own perspectives of interviewing, anticipate potential ethical issues and consider philosophical conundrums that may arise.
Beginning in week 1 the students will be introduced to interviews as an empirical method of data collection, through an introductory theoretical, ethical and practical lens. Subsequent weekly sessions (weeks 2-7) will continue to focus on the minutiae of what is involved in data gathering, transcribing, analysing and dissemination of findings. Each of the seven sessions will be underpinned through various contextualised situations (e.g. interviewing migrants, elites and adult careers). In week 8 the students will reflect on ‘what they have learnt’ and ‘how this had/or will inform their practices’ through a 15-minute presentation. For one month, after completing the course, the lead tutor will offer a number of one-to-one tutorials for those who are collating a cumulative reflective portfolio of work.
To support the development of these individualised developing research skills, there will be a variety of interactive activities (both synchronous and asynchronous) throughout the eight weeks.