In Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach, Carolyn Lunsford Mears outlines an approach to in-depth interviewing in qualitative research that draws upon educational criticism, oral history, and poetic display. Mears describes this narrator centered approach as including the development of an insider’s perspective and the use of excerpted narratives. She also provides useful guides and examples in the appendices to the book, making the text especially helpful to the novice qualitative researcher


Qualitative Research, Interviewing, Narrator, Narratives, Gateway

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Robin Cooper is a doctoral candidate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University and is an adjunct professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the university’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as an Associate Editor for The Qualitative Report. Robin’s research interests include culture and ethnic conflict, national belonging, collective identity, migration, Robin Cooper 232 gender and social control, and qualitative research. Her current dissertation research is a phenomenological study of the transition to a majority-minority community.

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 2, Issue 39


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