FULL REGISTRATION CLOSED WAITLIST AVAILABLE: Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing | Alexandra Lauterbach

Image of a smiling Black woman wearing white top interviewing a smiling woman of color wearing black top, at a wooden conference table.
Monday, June 6, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

This workshop is full and registration is closed. Please contact Jessica Pearlman at jpearlman@umass.edu if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

Description: This 1-day (6-hour) workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to qualitative interviewing methods. Presenters will review key methodological issues such as: 1) designing interviews to align with particular methodological approaches; 2) crafting interview questions and establishing rapport; 3) sequencing interview questions; 4) asking follow up questions to explore understanding and new ideas; 5) managing the interpersonal dimensions of interviewing, with special attention given to interviewing children and people with disabilities; and 6) examining the differences between different interview structures, such as individual interviews and focus group approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to develop or refine their own interview protocols as well as to gain hands-on experience interviewing. This workshop is suitable for those with limited exposure to qualitative research or those with current qualitative work that they wish to refine further.

Instructor: Alexandra Lauterbach

Dr. Alexandra Lauterbach is an Associate Professor of special education in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Within special education, Dr. Lauterbach’s scholarship centers on effective literacy instruction for students with high incidence disabilities, and effective professional development for teachers of such students. More broadly, Dr. Lauterbach’s research is dedicated to developing and applying innovative qualitative research methods, both to inform research and practice within special education and other fields. She has served as a qualitative consultant on projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, and had her own work funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the Massachusetts Department of Education. Dr. Lauterbach’s research has been published in Learning Disabilities Quarterly, Journal of Learning Disabilities, The Qualitative Report, and the Annals of Dyslexia. She has used multiple methodologies in her own work, including phenomenology, ethnography, case study, grounded theory, and mixed methods, and enjoys teaching others about using a variety of methodologies in their own work. 

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs Jessica Pearlman (jpearlman@issr.umass.edu).



Important: If you are registering for more than one workshop, please submit a separate registration form for each workshop, and select the appropriate fee for the length of your workshop and your academic and institutional status. We apologize for the inconvenience, but if the incorrect fee is selected your registration will be have to be resubmitted. Your original registration will be canceled and your fee returned to you.

Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $75/person
  • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $125/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $150/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $200/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Sue Falcetti (sfalcetti@umass.edu).

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.