Conducting An In-Depth Interview With Tijuana

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Interviews are often conducted in because we are interested in gathering information/ perspectives on people’s lives. According to Hoodnaard (2015), an in-depth interview’s main purpose is to provide the opportunity for people to “explain their experiences, attitudes, feelings, and definitions of the situation in their own terms and in ways that are meaningful to them” (p. 102). Conducting an in-depth interview involves employing the following three process: 1) easing a sense of control, 2) being open, and 3) having the interviewee guide the direction that the interview will take. In the interview that I conducted on my friend Tijuana Turner, I took an active approach, which allowed me to pay close attention to how our interaction played out.…show more content…
Going forward, I will incorporate this principle of reflexivity as I examine the theme I identified from my interaction with Tijuana. The topic used as a basis for my interview was the one concerning the ‘course waitlist’. One theme grasped from the analysis of my interview are the moments of pauses in-between my questions and Tijuana’s replies. According to Kawabata & Gastaldo (2015), silences in interviews are deemed as problematic in qualitative research and also represent the partial failure of interviewers. At first, I did not pay too much attention to these moments of silence because I just assumed that they were a natural occurrence whenever two people engage in conversation with one another; however, I soon discovered that there is more to the silences in qualitative research interviews. Poland & Pederson (1998) argue that silence is often overlooked in qualitative research, and can constitute a coherent subtext that solicits an interpretation of its own (294). A tactic one can use to analyse pauses in interviews involves appreciating the multiple meanings silence may have (Poland & Pederson, 1998). In my interview with Tijuana, there were many instances of short and long pauses and due to my…show more content…
Tijuana’s, shared understandings of and interactions with the course waitlist are of extreme relevance to my qualitative research (Hoodnaard, 2015). While conducting this interview, I forgot to take into account the gestural (non-verbal) forms of communication Tijuana was exhibiting as a social behaviour. I was, however, open to the unexpected since I was conducting a qualitative research assignment that follows an inductive approach. This means that I gathered up all of my data first – such interviewing Tijuana - before formulating a theory (Hoodnaard, 2015). It was recommended by Professor Bisaillon and author Hoodnaard (2015) that I “design an interview guide” (109), as a useful tool for me to rely on during my interview. I did not get the opportunity to create one, and although my unstructured interview was more flexible, with Tijuana determining the direction of the interview – allowing for me to Tijuana’s topic of interest – I still experienced a few common pitfalls. For example, I did not completely avoid starting my questions with why and often asked double-barrelled question unintentionally. This error could have been avoided if I had written a comprehensive list of questions beforehand, but since I did not, I soon ran out of questions to as Tijuana and
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