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Tell me about your trauma: an empathetic approach-based protocol for interviewing school leaders who have experienced a crisis

Patricia Virella (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Sarah Woulfin (The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 30 January 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

In this study, we illuminate how techniques can be incorporated into interview protocols when conducting research with educational leaders who are being asked to discuss their experiences in crises.

Design/methodology/approach

We interviewed seven researchers about their role as a researcher in collecting data on a crisis event from participants. Our analysis concentrated on several key components of the interview.

Findings

In presenting our findings on how scholars can adopt a caring and just approach to interview studies with leaders regarding crises, we portray how this approach can be melded into research design, interview protocol and interview techniques.

Originality/value

We illuminate that specific interview techniques are required when interviewing participants who have undergone and survived crises in their work, and we recommend the use of this protocol especially when an interview requires researchers to “handle with care.”

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Citation

Virella, P. and Woulfin, S. (2024), "Tell me about your trauma: an empathetic approach-based protocol for interviewing school leaders who have experienced a crisis", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-09-2022-0121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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