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What are 8 practical issues of structured interviews? (not always negatives.)
Cover large amounts of people. Gather straight foreward information. Easily quantified. Interviewers are easily trained. Response rates are high. Inflexible. Can't investigate unfamiliar topics. Snapshots.
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Why do positivists support structured interviews?
Enable them to test hypotheses, estalish correlations between variables, are a standardised measuring instrument and so are reliable, and because large numbers can be surveyed it is representative.
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What 4 reasons do interpretivists give against structured interviews?
Close-ended questions so sometimes invalid data. Gives little freedom to explain questions and answers. People might lie or exaggerate. It can impose the interviewers meanings on the interviewee.
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Why don't feminists like structured interviews?
Relationship between researcher and researched reflects the exploitive nature of gender role in patriarchal society. Ann Oakley argues the researcher takes the active role and interviewees have a passive role.
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What are 8 practical issues of unstructured interviews? (not always negatives.)
Develop a rapport. Training needs to bemore thorough. They take a long time. They produce a large amounts of data. Easy to check if meanings are understood. Flexible. useful to learn about the subject. Opportunity for development.
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What do interpretivists argue are the theoretical issues around unstructured interviews?
Validity can only be gained through involvement. Glaser and Strauss argues for the grounded theory - hypothesis devopled during interview. The interviewees have freedom to raise issues they think are important.
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What do positivists argue are the theoretical issues for unstructured interviews?
Not a standardised measuring instrument so isn't reliable. Can't easily be quantified. Less likely to be representative and sample sizes are smaller. Interaction undermines validity.
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What does Oakley define as the 'feminist approach' to research?
Value-committed. Required the researcher's the involvement. Aims for equality and collaboration.
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How is Oakley evaluated?
Pawson - nothing feminist or original about the approach. It's the same as interpretivism. However feminists argue Oakley goes further than interpretivists and has a direct involvement in people's lives outside of the interviews.
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What are some of the practical issues?
Language barriers. Making notes can put people off. Interviewers are sometimes at risk. It is sometimes hard to access groups involved in crime.
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What are the issues surrounding reliability?
The nature of some groups makes it harder to replicate an interview. However structured interviews offer greater opportunity for reliable data.
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Enable them to test hypotheses, estalish correlations between variables, are a standardised measuring instrument and so are reliable, and because large numbers can be surveyed it is representative.

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Why do positivists support structured interviews?

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Close-ended questions so sometimes invalid data. Gives little freedom to explain questions and answers. People might lie or exaggerate. It can impose the interviewers meanings on the interviewee.

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Relationship between researcher and researched reflects the exploitive nature of gender role in patriarchal society. Ann Oakley argues the researcher takes the active role and interviewees have a passive role.

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Develop a rapport. Training needs to bemore thorough. They take a long time. They produce a large amounts of data. Easy to check if meanings are understood. Flexible. useful to learn about the subject. Opportunity for development.

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