Essay on An Investigation Into A Social Or Human Problem

1347 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
An interview is a social interaction. Interviews would commonly happen one to one, with one person being the interviewer and the other the interviewee. However you can also have group interviews or telephone ones. The interviewer will question the interviewee in hope to gain information on a certain topic. Research interviews provide a qualitative method of gathering data, evidence and information. The main roll of interviews within qualitative research is to investigate issues that quantitative methods cannot. Quantitative research is “an inquiry into a social or human problem, based on testing a theory composed of variables, measured with numbers, and analyzed with statistical procedures, in order to determine whether the predictive generalizations of the theory hold true” (Creswell, 1994, p.1). In other words this method focuses on collecting numerical data through forms such as closed ended surveys, questionnaires and polls. When analysing this type of data it is a lot easier to summarise and compare. This method is a cheaper method then qualitative so researcher get to apply it to more people making it easier to generalize the results found across groups of people or to explain a particular phenomenon. Qualitative research however is the opposite, when conducting a qualitative type of study you use a more naturalistic setting and the data being collected is more complex, formed by words not using any other form of research techniques. (Creswell, 1994, p.1; Gay and…

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