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Lecture 6

POLB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Androcentrism


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLB30H3
Professor
Margaret Kohn
Lecture
6

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WEEK 6 BLOG NOTES
Types of Research Formats
a) INFORMAL
i) Interview is less structured, participant can be open and comfortable
ii) Participant express what they feel is more important
b) UNSTRUCTURED
i) Basic guide is followed, interviewer takes the lead
ii) Uses memory aid as prompt, can ask 1 question and then participant answers
freely
iii) Compared to a conversation
c) SEMI STRUCTURED (Interview project for this class)
i) Guide is given, no specific order
ii) You can ask new questions, but important to cover all
d) STRUCTURED
i) Researcher controls types of questions
ii) Participant asked the same set of questions, same order
Types of questions
a) Closed → Yes/No
b) Open → Longer answer, varies on how in depth the participant goes
c) Vignette → Hypothetical Questions (BRYMAN READING)
i) Used to get participants ideas/ behaviour for specific situations
ii) Valuable for sensitive topics
BRYMAN ET AL
Quantitative Research
→ Approach is highly structured, maximizes reliability and validity to measure key concepts
→ driven mostly by research agenda, depends on who conducts the study
Qualitative Interview → less structured, more open ended
→ more interest in getting participants perspective
→ tangents encouraged
→ interview/wording of question varies
→ can ask unplanned questions, provide new insight
LIFE HISTORY INTERVIEW
- Combined with personal docs (diaries, photo, letters)
- Participant look back at details, their personal insight
- “Tells a story”
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