Interviews and Scientific Methods

Also includes the issue of validity and reliability when using interviews

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More structured the interviews; the more likely they are to be used in a quantitative way to produce statistics.

More unstructured the interviews, the more likely they are to be used in a qualitative way (used by interpretive sociologists).

Issues of Validity and Reliability.

Validity: the type of questions asked in the questionnaire/interview must allow the respondent to give a true and accurate reply.

Reliability: if questions mean different things to people or can be interpreted differently, then research is not reliable.

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