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Transcribing Interviews and Focus Groups

  • FutureLearn 1-11 Hawley Crescent London NW1 8NP (map)

Transcription is often given little thought at the research planning stage. Researchers may consider the design of their interviews and focus groups carefully (conducting pilot studies, for instance), but only learn about the pitfalls of transcription once they come to do it after the data have been recorded.

This means mistakes are repeated down the generations of scholars, and that new researchers have to figure out an appropriate strategy on their own, by trial and error. Where problems arise at the transcription stage, it can be too late to go back and collect new research data to address issues or gaps.

This training session, led by Professor Jo Drugan (University of East Anglia), Dr Liz McDonnell (University of Sussex) and Dr Matthew Sillence (University of East Anglia) will focus directly on transcription as an important stage in understanding, and designing, research methods, as part of a supportive group led by two researchers with longstanding experience of transcription in arts and social science contexts.

Our approach is flexible to allow us to address the needs of those attending as far as possible. The event is likely to be most useful to researchers who are about to embark on data collection and analysis, in the first or second year of doctoral study. However, it will also be useful for anyone planning to conduct interviews or focus groups in future; and those who have some experience of transcription but found it challenging or frustrating.

Date: 30 November 2018, 11.00-18.00

Venue: FutureLearn, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP

Registration deadline: 31 October 2018

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