Return Interviews and Long Engagements with Ethnographic Informants

Joseph Tobin, Akiko Hayashi

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This paper uses examples from research conducted in preschools in Japan, China, and the United States to illustrate the features and virtues of return interviews with informants with whom ethnographers have long research engagements. Return interviews and long research engagements are powerful research strategies that help the ethnographers ask more insightful questions and make more sense of informants’ replies, informants better understand the researchers and their agenda, and the research to achieve a more diachronic perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-327
Number of pages10
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • ethnography
  • informants
  • intersubjectivity
  • Interview
  • preschools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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