Open-Ended Interviewing

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Write an essay (double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins) at least three full pages long (excluding references), in which you discuss:

• the strengths of open-ended interviews as a way to collect information (10 marks)

• the characteristics of the knowledge we gain from open-ended interviewing (i.e., epistemological characteristics) (10 marks)

• the types of topics that are most suitable to investigate using open-ended interviewing research (10 marks)

• the assumptions we make when we conduct open-ended interviewing (10 marks),

. the limitations of open-ended interviewing (10 marks)

Please consult the assigned readings (up to and including Dunn, 2010) and lecture materials as you write this essay. Material taken from lectures does not need to be referenced. All other sources should be referenced carefully and appropriately, both in the text and in a bibliography. Wherever possible, use your own research topic/design as an example to help you make your points (10 marks). Please make sure you write this as an essay, not as a series of answers to individual questions. Like all essays, yours should have a title. A title page is not necessary, but you should number your pages.

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Open-Ended Interviewing
Qualitative interviews, also known as in-depth interviews, consist of open-ended
questions and provide qualitative data about a participant’s thoughts beliefs, knowledge,
reasoning, motivations, and feelings about a topic (Johnson and Christensen, 2008). This form of
interviewing involves asking people short questions and so that they can give long answers that
provide the researcher with useful information that can be used to answer the research questions.
This paper will present a discussion on the strengths and limitations of open-ended interviews,
characteristics of the knowledge gained from open-ended interviewing, types of topics that are
most suitable to investigate using open-ended interviewing, as well as the assumptions made
when conducting open-ended interviews.
Among the strengths of open-ended interviews, the main one is bringing to inductive
research the ability to pursue topics that emerge during the course of the conversation.
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