Arrange students into pairs or small groups (maximum four) and give each group a semi-structured interview extract and topic guide to work with.
- Compare the topic guide to the questions actually asked in the interview.
- What deviations can you identify?
- Why do you think the interviewer has deviated at that point of the interview?
- Discuss the ways in which these deviations might have impacted on the direction of the remaining part of the interview.
Students should work individually or in pairs. Give each student a transcript.
- What interviewing style/s can you identify in this transcript?
- If more than one, which would you say was the most dominant technique?
- Provide justification and evidence for your answers.
Print out the following extracts to use for this exercise.
Feminist interviews - interview schedule
Feminist interviews - interview extract one
Life story interviews - interview extract one
Students should work individually on this task.
- What is your personal research topic?
- If you were to conduct interviews on this topic, which interviewing style would you consider to be the most appropriate for your research?
- Why? Justify your answer.
Activity 4 (a multi-session activity)
- Read the account of the methodology given in the official publication or user guide. (The Discover catalogue record includes a listing of publications associated with each study.)
- Does this account reflect how the research was conducted in the interview? Explain your answer.
Suggested comparison: Hollway and Jefferson (2000) and transcripts from SN 4581 Gender difference, anxiety and the fear of crime.