19 October 2010

Plan for the workshop on semi-structured Interviewing

Grit Laudel, CHEPS

Tuesday, 19th October 2010, 9:00-17:00, RA 4247

Part I General semi-structured interviews

  • 1.1. Situating semi-structured interviews as data collection tools (short introduction)
    Types of qualitative interviews and their range of applicability
  • 1.2 Translation of research questions into interview guides
    Content, forms and functions of interview questions.

12.00-13.00 Lunch


  • 1.3 Training: Finding the right questions
    Analysis of interviews according to types of questions and wrong questions,
    Construction of interview questions for specific empirical research questions

Part II Interviewing researchers
(Continuation from the 7th July Methodology seminar)


  • 2.2 Accessing the research content: Sources and procedures
    Topics: Analysis of web pages, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Demonstration of an approach to analysing research biographies
  • 2.3 Preparing and conducting interviews about research content
    Introduction to Web of Science, demonstration of an analysis of research biographies
  • 2.4 Using your knowledge in interviews and thereafter
    How do we tell interviewees how much of their science we do understand?
  • How do we use graphical representations of research biographies?
  • How do we include epistemic properties in the analysis of our empirical data?

Literature to read in preparation:

  • Patton, Michael Quinn, 2002. Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods. Newbury Park: Sage, pp. 339-384
  • Gläser, Jochen and Grit Laudel, 2009: Identifying individual research trails. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14-17 July, pp. 841-845.