Transcribing Interview Data

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By Marilyn Simon and Jim Goes

Many researchers and students who choose qualitative methodology end up gathering and transcribing interview data, whether they are conducting a phenomenological study of participant “lived experiences”, gathering data for case studies or ethnographies, or using other designs.  A successful study using interviews inevitably involves transcription of interview data, yet many new researchers are not sure about how to do it.  Moreover, we sometimes see presentations of interview results that demonstrate weak analysis, short discussions, and limited development and integration of categories and themes.  These problems are often an indicator and result of poor transcription and analysis of interview data.

Our latest resource addresses this problem, and provides guidance for transcribing interview data as an important step towards a substantive, credible qualitative study.

Transcribing interview data