• The SAGE journal QR as just published this – it gives you a PARTICIPANTS perspective of the paradigm deployed by the researcher:
    Participants’ experiences of the qualitative interview: considering the importance of research paradigms

    1. Jennifer R Wolgemuth
      1. University of South Florida, USA
    2. Zeynep Erdil-Moody
      1. University of South Florida, USA
    3. Tara Opsal
    4. Jennifer E Cross
    5. Tanya Kaanta
    6. Ellyn M Dickmann
    7. Soria Colomer
    1. Jennifer R Wolgemuth, Educational Measurement and Research, College of Education, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU 366, Tampa, FL 33647, USA. Email:

    We used a multiple-case study to investigate participants’ experiences in interviews from six qualitative studies that differed in interview orientations, designs, methods, participants, and topics. Roulston’s (2010a, 2010b) interview orientation heuristic guided our ‘paradigm-driven’ analysis of participants’ experiences. We found no differences in participants’ articulation of benefits and risks by interview orientation. Participants’ experiences differed based on the opportunity to reflect on their interview experiences, the sensitivity of the topic explored, and the number of interviews conducted. We discuss the implications of our findings for ‘paradigm-driven’ qualitative research and suggest ethical questions qualitative interview researchers can ask to maximize the benefits of their in