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Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2120
Scott Schau

Chapter 12- Qualitative Interviewing 23/01/2013 7:48:00 AM Qualitative Interviewing  Less structured  Gives the subject of the interview more freedom to direct the flow of conversation  Provide the researcher the opportunity to explore topics, particularly unanticipated issues that may arise  All the researcher to pursue issues and topics in greater depth  Stand alone as a method of gathering data  Frequently used in conjunction with other research methods In-depth interview studies  Signify research designs where qualitative interviewing is the primary means of data gathering Focus Group Interview  When a number of people are brought together in a laboratory-type setting to be interviewed together as a group Oral History Method  Concerns in-depth interviews that focus on recollections of the past Qualitative Depth Interviewing: Definitions and Guidelines Depth Interviewing  Involves asking open-ended questions, listening to and recording the answers, and then following up with additional relevant questions Qualitative Interview  An interaction between an interviewer and a respondent in which the interviewer has a general plan of inquiry but not a rigid set of questions that must be asked in particular words and in a particular order  In contrast to a survey interview  Allows the researcher to pursue issues in depth and gives the respondent more freedom to direct the flow of conversation  The researcher typically has a general plan of inquiry but not a standardized set of questions that must be rigidly followed  Problem: questions can some times be worded in a bias manner Investigators should adopt the role of the “Socially acceptable incompetent”  Offer yourself as someone who does not understand the situation you find yourself in, someone who must be helped to grasp even the most basic and obvious aspects of that situation Steinar Kvale’s seven stages in a complete interviewing process  1) Thematizing- clarifying the purpose of the interviews and the concepts to be explored  2) Designing- laying out the process through which you’ll accomplish your purpose, including a consideration of the ethical dimension  3) Interviewing- doing the actual interviews  4) Transcribing- creating a written text of the interviews  5) Analyzing- determining the meaning of gathered materials in relation to the purpose of the study  6) Verifying- checking the reliability and validity of the materials  7) Reporting- telling others what you’ve learned In-Depth Interview Studies In-depth Interview Study:
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