ERIC Number: ED208464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Simformation 4: Depth Interview Handbook.
Bowles, B. Dean
This handbook is a systematic guide for planning and implementing a program of depth interviews either as part of a school's community relations program or as an effort in policy analysis. It includes all necessary information for understanding the advantages and disadvantages of depth interviews, for preliminary planning and preparation, for implementing the program, for conducting the interviews, and for writing a report. The handbook also contains examples of materials that are useful in developing a program of depth interviews. The depth interview is an applied research tool that interrelates people and issues, people and sentiments, and sentiments and issues. It is simultaneously an effective school-relations activity. Depth interviews differ from traditional survey research and public opinion polls in that they are used primarily to discover people, issues, and sentiments; are unstructured; encourage working from the respondent's agenda; are based on a purposeful sample; are designed to last one to two hours in an informal setting; and are suited to reports that are qualitative and descriptive and that pose questions and define problems. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.