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Researching policy implementation: Interview data analysis in institutional contexts
Department of Education, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.
2001 (English)In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 4, no 1, 51-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I am concerned with the analysis of semi-structured interview data that emerge from an inquiry rooted in institutional environments. The examples of data used to illustrate the procedures of analysis come from research carried out in Further Education Colleges in England, The focus is on individual actors (managers and teachers), mediating change within organizations. This focus provides scope for the exploration of social manifestations of political action, A number of epistemological questions arise with respect to the data and the nature of knowledge that is accessible through their analysis. The paper is practically oriented in that it presents an example of data analysis as part of researching the implementation of policy at the level of institutions, and the enactment of such a policy by individuals. The consideration of different traditions underpinning research and specific methodological techniques for data analysis has resulted in identification of a set of theoretically informed procedures that provide a framework for de-constructing, interpreting, and synthesizing interview data into accounts of policy implementation in the field. These procedures are presented and exemplified, while the theoretical assumptions underlying them and their implications for further research are discussed.

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Taylor & Francis, 2001. Vol. 4, no 1, 51-61 p.
Keyword [en]
Analysing Interviews, qualitative
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Educational Sciences Sociology
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Sociology; Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51542DOI: 10.1080/136455701750069704OAI: diva2:483906
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