The Qualitative Research Interview: Participants’ Responsive Participation in Knowledge Making

  • Mirjam Knapik University of Calgary


Discussions of qualitative research interviews have centered on promoting an ideal interactional style and articulating the researcher behaviors by which this might be realized. Although examining what researchers do in an interview continues to be valuable, this focus obscures the reflexive engagement of all participants in the exchange and the potential for a variety of possible styles of interacting. The author presents her analyses of participants’ accounts of past research interviews and explores the implications of this for researchers’ orientation to qualitative research interviews.