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June 29th, 2021 11:00 AM through  3:30 PM
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Guest Price £ 75.00
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This session will take a practical approach to introducing key considerations for the use of interviews and focus groups in research. It will mix short webinars with breakout tasks in small groups where participants will be able to develop skills and network with others conducting research in education. The workshop will focus upon semi-structured approaches and topics covered 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.



11.00 -11.45 Choosing the right type of interview or focus group: considering types of research questions, levels of structure, and ethical considerations

11.45 -12.30 Breakout Group: Designing an interview schedule

12.30 - 12.45 Feedback

12.45 - 13.15 Lunch

13.15 - 14.00 Preparing to run interviews and focus groups: communication skills and practicalities

14.00 - 14.30 Breakout Group (30 mins): Interview skills practice

14.30- 15.00 Whole Group Discussion (30 mins): Running focus groups

15.00 - 15.30 Data storage and transcription

15.30 Close

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