Comparison Of Cribb And Berger's Approaches

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While reading both Cribb and Berger’s approaches towards the interview process a few major differences jumped out at me; although they both cover a similar topic each author approaches the process with a unique angle. Cribb focuses on the basic overlay of the interview, presenting the layout of how an interview transpires from the initial icebreaker to asking the interviewee if there is anything they would like to cover. This process centers around how the interviewee is feeling, the flow of the interview depends on how you approach each question and the result will determine your next step. Berger uses a more scientific method, incorporating not only the common structure of a conversation but explains that these questions asked by interviewers…show more content…
Rubin’s piece on qualitative interviewing presents ideas that have not been mentioned in the reading above; this conversation brings forth the idea of cultural connotations as well as the belief that the interviewer is not an objective member in the process but rather an active participant. While Cribb and Berger delve into the methods of proper interviewing they miss an essential first step; understanding the possibility of diverse meanings attached to words. Rubin specifies that before the interviewing process begins the two involved (interviewer and interviewee) must come to a shared meaning of the words to be used in the interview in order to prevent confusion among the parties. Berger and Cribb assume that throughout their conversation the interviewee will not encounter a word or phrase that holds different meaning to the researcher, however as Rubin discusses this is not the case. Due to the vast amount of diverse cultures in the world, the chance of approaching a word that holds a separate meaning to the two parties is highly likely and will affect the outcome of the
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