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Chapter 12- Qualitative Interviewing Introduction - Qualitative interviews allow the researcher to pursue issues and topics in greater depth - Sometimes used with surveys - In-depth-interview studies- used to signify research designs where qualitative interview is the primary means of data gathering - Focus group interview method- when a number of people are brought together in a lab-type setting to be interviewed together as a group - Oral history method- in depth interviews that focus of recollections of the past Qualitative Depth Interviewing: Definitions and Guidelines - Patton says; Depth interviewing involves asking open-ended questions, listening and recording the answers and then following up with additional relevant questions - A qualitative interview is 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. - Because qualitative interviewing in so much like normal conversation, you must keep reminding yourself that you are not having a normal conversation In Depth Interviewing Studies - Signifies the method of using the qualitative interview as the primary means by which the researcher gathers data for his or her study - Mirna Carranza (2007) conducted 32 qualitative in-depth interviews about Salvadorian mothers and daughters settling in Canada and resisting racism and prejudice Focus Groups - Are often viewed as special forms of interviews because the researcher discusses an issue with a small group of people rather than a single individual - A focus group is typically led by a moderator, who helps to facilitate discussion and ensures that no person dominates the conversation, while interfering as little as possible in the discussion - The type of data that is collected is typically qualitative in nature Using Focus Groups in Social Scientific Research - Focus groups alone may be used to gather data - Focus groups are also a valuable means of testing questions to be used in surveys Topics Appropriate to Focus Group Interviews - When groups are created on the basis of similar characteristics (such as age, education, occupation) or shared experiences (such an physical attacks by family members or strangers, illness, or disease, loss of employment), the discussants have more access to what each other is thinking and thus spark a more realistic pres
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