Structured interview

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  • Structured Interviews
    • validity
      • structured interviews usually use close ended questions that restrict interviewees to chewing from a limited number of per set answers . if none of these answers fits what the interviewee really wishes to say then the data obtained will be invalid.
        • structured interviews give very little freedom to explain questions or clarify misunderstanding.
  • Practical issues
    • Structured Interviews
      • validity
        • structured interviews usually use close ended questions that restrict interviewees to chewing from a limited number of per set answers . if none of these answers fits what the interviewee really wishes to say then the data obtained will be invalid.
          • structured interviews give very little freedom to explain questions or clarify misunderstanding.
    • training interviewers is relatively straightforward and cheap.
      • they are quick and easy to conduct, so they can therefore cover a lot of people with relatively limited resources.
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  • Structured interviews are suitable for gathering straightforward factual information such as a persons age or job.
    • they are quick and easy to conduct, so they can therefore cover a lot of people with relatively limited resources.
  • Produces data which can be easily quantified.
    • Structured interviews are suitable for gathering straightforward factual information such as a persons age or job.
    • Response Rate
      • The large numbers who can be surveyed using structured interviews increases the chances of obtaining a representative sample of the population, although the number of people who can be sample d is still lower than questionnaires.
        • Response Rate
        • the response rate can be increased by the researcher making follow up calls, however this increases the cost of the survey. a high response rate increases the representativeness of the sample.
          • the type of people who take part in this survey may be lonely or unemployed, thus making the survey unrepresentative.
            • Hilary Graham (1983)
              • she argues that the researcher is in control of the interview and decides the line of questioning to be followed. this mirrors women's subordination in wider society.
            • argues that methods such as questionnaires and structured interviews are patriarchal and give a distorted, invalid picture of women's experience.
              • Hilary Graham (1983)
                • she argues that the researcher is in control of the interview and decides the line of questioning to be followed. this mirrors women's subordination in wider society.
            • survey methods treat women as isolated individuals rather than seeing them in the context of the power relationships that oppress them.
              • argues that methods such as questionnaires and structured interviews are patriarchal and give a distorted, invalid picture of women's experience.
              • survey impose the research's categories on women , making it difficult for them to express their experienced and concealing the unequal power relationships between the sexes

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