Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations by George KamberelisFocus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations by George Kamberelis

Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations

byGeorge Kamberelis, Greg DimitriadisEditorGeorge Kamberelis

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversationsis a conceptual and practical introduction to focus group. As the title indicates, focus groups traditionally encompass a wide range of discursive practices. These span from formal structured interviews with particular people assembled around clearly delimited topics to less formal, open-ended conversations with large and small groups that can unfold in myriad and unpredictable ways. Additionally, focus groups can and have served many overlapping purposes¿from the pedagogical, to the political, to the traditionally empirical. In this book, focus groups are systematically explored; not as an extension or elaboration of interview work alone, but as its own specific research method with its own particular affordances. This book comprehensively explores:

  • The nature of focus groups
  • Politic and activist uses of focus groups
  • Practical ways to run a successful focus group
  • Effective analysis of focus group data
  • Contemporary threats to focus groups

Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversationsis essential reading for qualitative researchers at every level, particularly those involved in education, nursing, social work, anthropology, and sociology disciplines.

George Kamberelisis a Wyoming Excellence Chair of Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming.Greg Dimitriadisis Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the Graduate School of Education, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York.
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Title:Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective ConversationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041569227X

ISBN - 13:9780415692274

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Table of Contents

1. Focus Groups: A Brief and Incomplete History  2. Multiple, Interrelated Functions of Focus Group Work  3. Key Affordances of Focus Group Research  4. Fundamental Elements of Effective Focus Group Research Practice  5. Contemporary Dilemmas and Horizons of Focus Group Research  6. Epilogue