Learning Table Two: Informal/Unstructured Interviews

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What is an unstructured interview?
Where an interviewer will ask open ended questions over a long period of time with little or no preset questions.
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Give an example of a sociologist that used unstuctured interviews.
Dobash and Dobash.
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What are the theoretical advantages of unstructured interviews?
The informality allows rapport to build up, verteshen, the findings are qualitative and in depth,there is no premature closure, there is potential for flexibility, there is no confusion over the meaning of questions.
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What are the theoretical disadvantages of unstructured interviews?
The sample size tends to be small, it is not a systematic method, it can lack objectivity.
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What are the practical and other disadvantages of unstructured interviews?
They are time consuming, it is unnautural and the conditions are artificial, it can be expensive, they have to take safety precausions.
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What are group interviews?
In depth interviews with a small group of people.
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Gve an example of a sociologist who used group interviews.
Willis.
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What are the advantages of group informal interviews?
Pps may open up as they may feel more comfortable, it allows for richer and mroe reflective data, they are good for generating ideas.
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What are the disadvantages of group informal interviews?
Some pps may dominate discussions, researcher requires a lot of skillsin order to keep the interview on focus, posibility of peer pressure.
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What are the general ethical considerations of both unstructured and group interviews?
Protects pps from harm, informed consent, avoid pps exploitation.
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