Interviews

  • Created by: acornes15
  • Created on: 13-11-18 17:36

Interviewing

Types

Structured - standardised, survey orientated

Semi-structured - in depth, survey orienated, group

Unstructured - in depth, clinical 

Researcher detachment? - standardisation for neutrality but lacks in depth

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Advantages of interviews

  • Flexible
  • Variety
  • Rapport
  • Range/depth
  • Experitse (elites)
  • Enterance into real life
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Disadvantages of interviews

  • Researcher involvement
  • Have to have specific skills
  • Subjective
  • Scope for failure
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Managing interviews

  • Purpose?
  • Who are you interviewing?
  • How many/how many times?
  • Optimal/possible timing
  • Length of interview
  • Where?
  • Feasibility
  • Method of recording? voice, notes?
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Questions

Why this question?

Why in this format?

Why ask it when you do? - structure, fit with questions, connect to questions, dispensability

Flexibility built in

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Why use elites?

High level of knowledge!

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Interview stages

Opening:

  • Informal conversation 
  • Discuss purpose of research
  • Early questions

Move to central questions:

  • Probing
  • Should give opportuinity for respondents to talk about aspects they think are relevant 

Send transcript to respondent

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Skills and practicalities needed

Skills:

  • Listening
  • Remembering
  • Observing

Practicalities:

  • List of topics
  • Prioritise topics
  • Don't be too rigid - allow for new topics to be bought up
  • Minimise researcher talking time
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