Semi-structured interviews

To help you to understand the process of interviewing use this sheet to help you plan your own interview. interview-process-1
You’ll need the sheet which provides you with a framework for your interview schedule. interview-schedule1
These files give you some ideas about how to improve your interviewing technique and how to record ‘process’ notes. interview-lesson-cards-1 iinterview-process-cards
Check out this handy handout and powerpoint about interviewing. iinterviews-notes1 interviews-powerpoint1-1
You’ll also need these quotes about interviewing to do the task described in the powerpoint. quotes-about-interviews-2
Here are some Q and As about interviews. interviews-model-answers-2
Assessment Tasks:
For this topic you are going to conduct your own interviews and transcribe the results so that we can analyse them. As we are in Paper 3 what is important is not necessarily what you interview people about, but how you do the research. I want you to think carefully about what you are ding before, during and after the interview and I want us to practice using inductive content analysis to analyse the results.
The topic I would like to look at in the interviews is moral decision making. You need to do some research into moral development especially focusing on Lawrence Kohlberg’s 3 stages. I would also like you to research Carol Gilligan’s “Ethic of Justice” and “Ethic of Care”. This is a topic that you share in common with your fellow psychology students on the A Level course. Together, you can then conduct some interviews where you give your Pps some moral/ethical dilemmas and ask them what they would think/feel/do.
You can also look at the gender and obedience page from the A level course where there is more information about gender differences that might be helpful:
Please use the interview schedule planning sheet above to help make a detailed plan of action. There are many considerations to make BEFORE an interview and you need to think about everything that needs to be done to ensure that you are able to obtain the  best and most credible qualitative data. You will need to research some suitable ethical dilemma that you can give to your Pps and then come up with a list of open questions that you could ask them in order to elicit their thoughts, feeling and potential actions in relation to the situation.
Use the PowerPoint which contains ideas about the planning stage. You also might need some practice at interviewing. It’s not an easy skill and how good you are will affect the credibility of the data that you collect. Some of the sheets above get you to think about different ways of asking questions to elicit better quality data. I would suggest that you conduct a couple of trial interviews first to practice using these question styles before you collect your real data. Think carefully about where the interviews will happen, sharing the interview schedule with your Pps in advance, upholding all necessary ethical guideline. You will also need to think about how you will record the interview in order to transcribe and analyse the data.