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Linking research questions to interview questions

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 @ 10:21 pm
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I have been feeling very frustrated today with trying to phrase both research and interview questions in a ‘corresponding’ manner….i guess i have left the topic too broad, involnving many variable that are not visible from the beginning until one attempts to narrow things down in the ‘how to do’ phase…I feel that this has been my difficulty from the beginning of the year: i wasnt clear as to what is my focus and what to ask participants so i have been collecting some data ‘in blind’, going with the flow…I have mentioned this to my supervisor before and he said that in heuristics, you dont necessarily need a question or questions but an ‘area’ of study is enough, especially if it is exploratory…..BUT…this leads me in chaos,i constantly feel that i ‘do not know what I am doing’ and i can see now that this chaos will be increasing…and imagine what will happen at the data analysis stage where i will have large ammount of data…if it is not ‘structured’ in some ways, i do not think i will manage ever to identify common themes and patterns…..i need more detail and clarity otherwise i do noyt feel i can manageIn an email discussion with fellow student Steph, she wrote some useful info around the topic of ‘questions’:

“Have you come across:Nicky Britten Qualitative interviews in medical research BMJ vol 311 22  July
1995 p251/253
semi structured interviews are conducted on the basis of a loose structure  consisting of open ended questions that define the area to be explored, at least  initially, and from which the interviewer or interviewee may diverge in order to  pursue an idea in more detail (about 6 questions)
Types of questions
Patton said good questions should be open ended,neutral,sensitive and clear  to the interviewee. he listed 6 types of questions that can be asked; behaviour  or experience, opinion or belief,feelings,knowledge, sensory,background or  demographic. Best to start with questions that the interviewee can answer easily and  then proceed to more difficult or sensitive topics. Most qual interviewers will  have a list of core questions that define the areas to be covered,
Patton provided 3 strategies for maintaining control; knowing the purpose  of the interview, asking the right questions to get the information needed,and  giving appropriate verbal and non verbal feedback.
Research questions
John Mcleod Practitioner Research in Counselling Sage 1999 p.45
What is your research question. Free associate
What is your personal interest in this topic
Return to Q1. Does this look like an open ended, exploratory Q or a precise 
hypothseis testing Q
What are the key words in the Q
What happens to the Q when you make it more specifici.e
A qualitive enquiry into therapists views of dreams
A qualititive enquiry into five counsellors views of helpful and unhelpful 
aspects of seven selected dream models.
What audience have you in mind
Flow diagram of the Q showing all the different variables/factors/processes 
you are interested in
Do you have any images or fantasies about the topic
On the radio you have 2 minutes to summarise your results and implications. 
What aspects are important to you
What do you need to know in order to focus the Q
What do you need to take this further. Who could you talk to, what info do 
you need to share”

 not sure where this leave me…have to consider at the whole matter again

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