ERIC Number: ED265381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
The Personal Interview as a Data Collection Technique.
Kelly, Maureen E.
This paper is a personal account of the use of the focused interview technique to collect data on the factors that facilitated and inhibited the research productivity of faculty members in vocational education. A brief literature review is followed by an explanation of how the researcher was urged to abandon her original intention of interviewing a narrow sample of respondents and instead interview the most diverse sample of researchers possible. The paper describes next the procedures followed, problems encountered, and insights gained during the following stages of the study: planning the project to meet specific objectives, selecting and contacting organizations or respondents, constructing the interview guide, conducting the interviews, and recording and analyzing the responses and observations. After reviewing problems and successes while conducting the interviews, the paper concludes that the interview is a useful and workable research method. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A