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The language of research (part 11) — research methodologies: interview types

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The language of research (part 11) — research methodologies: interview types

Peter Ellis
9 November 2016

In the last paper in this series we explored interviews as a tool of date collection. Interviews are useful when the research is seeking to uncover people’s understandings and feelings about a particular topic or event. There are two main types of question: open and closed and these are used to gain different types of answers to different types of question. We also discussed some of the practical issues with interviews and how important it is to record word for word in real-time the interview to allow for data analysis.

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