Semi Structured Interviewing And Developing The Interview Schedule

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1.1 Semi-Structured Interviewing and Developing the Interview Schedule

The format for data collection is semi-structured interviewing. This provides greater flexibility than a questionnaire or more structured interview format as it allows for the investigator to explore and probe new areas of interest that may not have been previously considered (Robson, 2011; Savin-Baden & Major, 2013; Smith et al., 2013). This approach is suited to researching complex phenomena and allows for a more flexible approach to data collection. Nevertheless, having an interview schedule is important to ensure the phenomena of interest is focused upon and explored. The interplay between inductive and deductive processes is accepted in the framework of IPA, although an inductive process is still prioritised (Chan et al., 2013). It could be argued that with the use of these frameworks the exploratory advantage of qualitative analysis is reduced. However, focusing on concepts derived from theory can help sensitise the researcher to relevant issues, processes and interpretations that might not have been previously considered (Blaikie, 2007). Ensuring the questions are open-ended will permit more exploratory analysis in any case. Moreover, the cyclical process of bracketing, or leaving aside one’s preconceptions is important in the data analysis of IPA, restricting the influence of these theories on the fundamental inductive processes and generating new insight. Using theory and conceptual frameworks…

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