Unstructured interviews

  • Created by: Sophie
  • Created on: 01-06-13 16:53

Unstructured interviews


  • Can develop rapport
  • Can develop verstehen
  • Can develop empathy increasing validity
  • Interviewee can ask for clarification
  • Interviewer can probe for more detailed answers


  • Small sample size
  • Not representative
  • Not generalisable
  • Risk of researcher imposition
  • Time consuming
  • Not reliable - Cannot be repeated


Interpretivists would like this form of interview as it allows the participant to have more freedom with what they feel is important for the researcher to know. Positivists would not like this method as it would not supply them with trends and laws.


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