What did you think of the interviewing example with qualitative using semi-structured interview questions? Would you prefer people do more yes/no type questions to speed things up? What did you like about it?
The interview practice assignment using qualitative open-ended questions was very different from using a quantitative survey approach. The questions used in this interview were more difficult to construct and use in the interview practice. The discussion generated in class was a help with constructing each of the questions. When examples and templates are provided these serve as an effective guide for the interviewer. Using templates and examples are beneficial to allow the interviewer to quickly develop content versus having to develop content from scratch. When there are standardized guides developed and used by the interviewer, this helps in them to frame the questions to avoid biases and unclear objectives.
Sometimes when yes/no questions are initially developed utilizing a Likert scale for quantitative analysis, these can serve as a guide in creating semi-structured interview questions. The quantitative questions can provide a statistical overview of the audience’s opinions of the instruction presentation. Whereas the interview based on the qualitative questions will enable to interviewer to develop an understanding of themes that provide a greater understanding of the learner’s impressions related to the learning experience.
The overall process of developing, conducting, and analyzing a qualitative interview definitely requires more time and work. However, if the qualitative study is constructed and conducted properly, it can result in providing a good deal more information and insight versus conducting a quantitative analysis.