How to Conduct Qualitative Interviews

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How to Conduct Qualitative Interviews

  1. 1. ACS 301 October 2, 2008 Qual Methods II: Interviewing
  2. 2. Key themes <ul><li>Rapport’s key role </li></ul><ul><li>What’s feminist about interviewing? </li></ul><ul><li>Types of interviews </li></ul><ul><li>How to do it: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording and transcriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roll with it </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Structured interviews are different <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNfVK8Ph44A </li></ul><ul><li>versus </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv3jjDCw1PA </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rapport noun . 1. a close and harmonious relationship in which there is common understanding. 2. trust Source: Compact Oxford English Dictionary. 2008. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
  5. 5. Interview Spectrum
  6. 6. What does interviewing have to do with feminism? How many times have you committed a crime? 5 times Tell me about your experience in the criminal justice system. Well, it started when I was 15… Structured Unstructured
  7. 7. Types of interviews <ul><li>Face-to-face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semi-structured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unstructured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethnographic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Structured </li></ul><ul><li>Group (focus groups) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Observation vs. interviewing? <ul><li>Seeing through participants’ eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Really knowing the “argot” </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing the hidden </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing the “taken for granted” </li></ul><ul><li>Au naturel </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you can’t just observe </li></ul><ul><li>Recalling the past </li></ul><ul><li>Reactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to get ongoing access </li></ul><ul><li>Only a slice, please, not the whole cake </li></ul>
  9. 9. Types of questions <ul><li>Introducing </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Probing </li></ul><ul><li>Specifying </li></ul><ul><li>Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect </li></ul><ul><li>Structuring </li></ul><ul><li>Silence </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting </li></ul>
  10. 10. Interviews: how to do it
  11. 11. What they don’t tell you in text books

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