Considerations when collecting data via Interview
When collecting data via Interview, an individual should consider the issues, opportunities, environment, and people to be interviewed. The considerations on problems and opportunities would help the interviewer to identify what is happening both internally and externally within the place of collecting data. Besides, on the people to be interviewed, the interviewer should consider the interviewee’s background and what he or she would like to be asked as they are always allowed to give a personal opinion. The second aspect to consider is that the information to be collected would be done consistently, complying with the interviewee’s instructions, and the main aim of the research. Finally, the interviewer should consider the power relationship and how to create a rapport with the interviewee. Building rapport and an excellent relationship with the interviewee would be essential in ensuring that the interviewee gives the relevant information. It also provides the interviewer with an opportunity to ask more questions about the topic.
Interview questions to elicit from James Rockford students
1. From the digital research tools, which one do you prefer using while getting or sharing information?
2. Which platforms do you prefer communicating with, for example, e-mails or zoom and many more?
3. How long do you use your computer, and how fast can you type like a hundred words?
4. Between qualitative and quantitative methods, which one would you prefer using when doing research?
5. Which information do you always find necessary from the research that you do use your computer?
6. Which software do you use most while operating your computer?
Why are qualitative methods better suited for conducting action research?
Qualitative methods are highly appropriate to carry out action research because of four major reasons. First, qualitative methods help in identifying the constantly changing attitudes within the study group as the participants get subjected to a given intervention. This enables the researcher to get real-time feedback on the participants. Second, qualitative methods are not as rigid as quantitative techniques. Therefore, all information gathered can shed insight into the research regardless of whether it meets the researcher’s expectations or not. Qualitative methods add context to data that is purely constituted of figures or numbers (Rahman, 2017).
Third, qualitative methods are very flexible and ensure that researchers can constantly alter their research questions, variables, and settings to fully comprehend the participants’ responses in diverse scenarios. This can happen in real-time without having to stop the research process. Finally, the data obtained through qualitative means ensure that researchers are able to be highly speculative of the things they want to study and how to go about the process. Overall, the flexibility of qualitative methods is beneficial for action research, which typically occurs when participants go about their daily lives.