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Planning and conducting interviews and focus groups

Thursday, 07 September 2017

This session will take a practical approach to introducing key considerations for the use of interviews and focus groups in research. It will cover choosing the right type of interview or focus group for your research question, ethical considerations, and communicating well with your participants. The workshop will focus upon semi-structured approaches and include practical activities on designing a semi-structured interview schedule, and running a focus group.

Alana James is a Teaching-Focused Lecturer in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Education Committee. Alana conducts mixed-methodology research into mentoring and peer support interventions, as well as peer relationships and bullying, in university and school settings. Her research has been funded by the HEA and the British Council amongst others.


10.30 - 11.00                  Registration and coffee

11.00 – 12.00              Choosing the right type of interview or focus group: considering types of research questions, levels of structure, and ethical considerations

 12.00 - 12.45               Lunch

12.45 – 13.30              Designing interview schedules: group activity

13.30- 14.15                Preparing to run interviews and focus groups: communication skills and practicalities

14.15 – 14.30              Break

14.30 – 15.15              Running focus groups: group activity

15.15 - 15.45               Data storage and transcription

                                      Final thoughts and questions

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Thursday, 07 September 2017
Times: 11.00-15.45
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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