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Research Methods qual 5 inter/writing

interview revisited writing research other qual methods

Chris Bigum

on 14 May 2012

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Qualitative Methods ’. interviewee interviewer how you understand the world how she understands the world interviews writing research other methods we have taken a largely mechanistic approach to the interview you as post-graduate student, as would-be researcher ... how many "you"s? spoken language her life history her perspective on the future Asking questions and getting answers is a much harder task than it may seem at first.

Fontana, A., & Frey, J. H. (2000). Interviewing: The art of science. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp. 361-376). Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage. how she understands the interview how you understand the interview write down three things you recall you were thinking about when you conducted your interviews write down three things you learned from the interview(s) you did? a significant literature concerned with, for want of a better term, 'theorising' the interview a growing literature about writing research your concern at the moment is likely means-end directed, i.e. "what on earth does she want me to write and how? Eileen Day's (2002) account of her writing of her thesis (Me, My*self and I: Personal and Professional Re-Constructions in Ethnographic Research) in which she writes about her selves and her multiple audiences. interviews (revisited), writing research, other qualitative methods what questions do you now have about conducting interviews? learnings more thinking what have you learned? your life history your perspective on the future Reviews are often good places to begin mapping fields, e.g. Kalekin-Fishman, D. (2002). From "Just Talk" to Meticulous Method. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(4, Art. 38) Retrieved from http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204384 there is a lot of technical advice about how to write certain kinds of reports or papers or theses but just as an interview is not a simple data gathering activity, nor is writing a simple matter of reporting so which you is doing the writing? you write down some more "you"s the simple the less simple It is important to note just how ubiquitous the interview is as a means of obtaining research data. Some estimates suggest about 90% of published qualitative research involves interviews. "The meaning that representation carries is both constrained and made possible by the form of representation we employ. Not everything can be “said” with anything. Poetic meaning requires poetic forms of thought and poetically treated form. Visual art requires forms of thought that address the import of visual imagery. How we think is influenced by what we think about and how we choose or are expected to represent its content" (Eisner 1993: 7) Eisner, E. (1993). Forms of understanding and the future of research. Educational Researcher, 22(7), 5-11. observation collect artefacts, documents recording:
photographs, drawing sketches, film If there are different ways to understand the world, and if there are different forms that make such understanding possible, then it would seem to follow that any comprehensive effort to understand the processes and outcomes of schooling would profit from a pluralistic rather than a monolithic approach to research (Eisner 1993: 8). What are methods other than interview that one might use? and just as we have briefly examined some of the complexities of the interview, so too, we might expect that each of these methods has interesting sets of complications. time -- constraints
when to jump in?
scanning questions to check - things got out of order
rehearsal important to enjoying the interview being well prepared helps it go smoothly
allowing the interviewee time to think about a response without jumping in
making sure the environment is quiet
being open minded to pick up on statements that are unanticipated - to follow the digression
some people like being interviewed
learning how to be a good listener
sending interviewees a letter prior to the interview
debriefing about the process (over a red wine) interviews about sensitive topics
dealing with cultural and value differences Week 5
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