Homework Assignment 6: Intensive (qualitative) interview
This homework assignment has three tasks. For full credit, all three have to be accomplished.
Task 1. Watch/Listen to the posted video lecture. Once completed, provide the FIVE things about ethnography, which you found to be the most important from this lecture.
To accomplish this task, pay special attention to the following reading sections, which explain how to conduct intense (aka intensive, depth) interviews:
· Ch.9 [Chambliss, pp. 237-241] “How to conduct intensive interviews?” and
· Ch. 9 [Oxford, pp. 274-281] “The process of conducting in-depth interviews.”
· Also watch three YouTube videos (see the links within Module 6 and below):
The first one shows an interview with mistakes, or how you should not conduct one.
The second one is a ‘good’ one. The same actors show how interviewing should be conducted.
Watch both to see the difference. The third video is about studying oral history.
Qualitative Interview: How it should be
How to record an oral history interview
Submit: Primarily based on the Interviews ‘With and Without Mistakes’ videos note all DOs and DO NOTs of intense, depth interviewing. Include (but not limit to) useful hints on how to DO and not DO an oral history interviewing and its audio and video recording.
Compile a list of all DOs and DO NOTs. Type and submit the list.
|Fill this column in. Use numbering
|Fill this column in. Use numbering.
Task 3. Conduct your own interview WITHOUT MISTAKES
· Suppose you want to gain valuable qualitative interview practice by interviewing members of your own family about their cultural heritage.
· Using Vasquez’s interview guide as a model or template (see figure 9.5. in Oxford, Ch. 9, p. 277), develop an interview guide for your own interview. It does not have to be a mirror copy of the one conducted by Vasquez. Use it as an example and include your own themes and questions in your interview guide.
· Conduct your interview. You can conduct your interview in-person if available, or over Skype, Zoom, phone, or any other means. Plan on a 20 min. long interview (minimum). Have a tape-recorder available. Ask permission of your interviewee to be tape-recorded.
· Conduct your interview following the guidelines for conducting Good Qualitative interview and Oral History interview.
1. Summarize in one sentence the main goal of your interview.
2. Provide your interview guide (topics and preliminary questions) which you will talk about and ask. (For examples and ideas for your own interview guide see [Chambliss, p. 160], and [Oxford, p. 277.]
3. Actual interview transcript (should be typed verbatim). Do not submit tape recording. [Avoid providing information, which can identify your interviewee (e.g., name, relationship to you, etc.). Use Letters ‘I’ for the interviewer (yourself) and ‘R’ for your respondent. This is important to protect their privacy.
4. Briefly summarize your main findings/conclusions from your interview: think in terms of what was it the most important that you learnt from it?.
5. Summarize your experience from using the interview method. Think in terms of: was it difficult, confusing, or frustrating to interview someone? What did you like, enjoy, appreciate? Did you make any mistakes?
Format (where possible): Use the Times New Roman 12 pts. double space. Type in black ink.
Complete and submit via [DROP BOX] (see the syllabus for date/time).