Conducting an interview
ExerciseUsing the interview questions you developed in the last step, practice an interview with a friend, family member or colleague.As you plan this, consider also the best way of recording the interview. Most researchers will use a digital recorder to capture the interview (you could use your phone, for example). If you decide to do this, it is important to ask the participants involved for their consent first – something we will discuss in week 3.
- Which of your questions was most effective in eliciting meaningful responses?
- Which of your questions was least effective in eliciting meaningful responses?
- How could you improve the questions and your approach?
Note your responses to these questions in your Research Notebook
Over to youShare your reflections in the discussion focusing on what you think worked well and what could be improved. Respond to others’ comments, noting how their responses could be turned into useful advice for novice researchers conducting an interview.What is the best way to make sure that the recording does not fail? Should you have a back-up plan? If you have experience of recording an interview, provide some tips for other researchers.
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