Past Event details

Planning and conducting interviews and focus groups

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

This session will provide an introduction to key issues in designing and conducting interviews and focus groups for educational research. It is intended as a starting point ahead of the usual day-long CPD workshop, to be rescheduled later in the year, but can be attended as a useful standalone introduction too. It will include small group work where participants will be able to network with others conducting research in education. Issues introduced will include considerations when choosing interviews or focus groups, ethical considerations, and communicating well with participants through question design and other communication skills.


Alana James is Associate Professor and School Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. In 2019 Alana won the HE Psychology Teacher of the Year Award by Oxford University Press/BPS Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a former 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.

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Times: 11.00-12:30
Location: Online event, link will be provided
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