How to interview phenomenologically: Englander (2012)

May 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Feature
Magnus Englander

Magnus Englander

Magnus Englander’s 2012 article, “The Interview,” is an excellent resource for students learning how to conduct phenomenological research. As Englander points out, though Steiner Kvale’s excellent work on interviewing is well known among qualitative researchers, there are important differences between Kvale’s work and a phenomenological perspective. This article clarifies issues such as how to select participants, how many participants to interview (“sample size”), how to frame an interview question to invite rich data that is revelatory of participants’ lived experiences, and how phenomenological research arrives at generalizable results. Englander also conveys the humanistic commitment of this approach research in his description of the relationship between interviewer and interviewee. The full article is available on PhenomenologyBlog’s publications page.

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