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Types of Interviews
You need an awareness of the varieties of interviews:
- Structured interviews- follow a very tight interview schudule- almost like reading out a questionnaire.
- Unstructured interviews- a near converation between sociologist and respondent with little or no guidelines pre-established.
- Semi-structured or focused interviews- uses a loose schedule of topics/questions, but allows the researcher to choose order, pace, etc.
Other important issues in classifying interviews:
- Formal interviews- the sociologist will assume authority.
- Informal interviews- the setting is kept as informal as possible, possibly in the respondent's own home with attention paid to seating, etc.
Practical Issues associated with interviews:
1) Establishing rapport- important in understanding the world view of those interviewed.
2) Clarifying questions- questions may be asked in ways that make sense to those interviewed- a flexible schedule may enhance this.
3) Interviewer effect- respondents may simple give the interviewer what he/she wants- demand characteristics. Fatherhood/parenting is a sensitive issue which will make respondents careful or even competitive in how they present…