Sunday, 24 May 2015
Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach,
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009, page 16
Lots of people ask this question: what are you doing this for? Mears provides her own answer:
Interviews offer opportunities to cross boundaries of understanding and to learn from the behaviours and life events of others, uncovering insights from the impacts of a situation, or a program, or a policy as revealed in human terms and then communicated in ways that can be used by the people who create the situations, or design the programs, or write the policies.
So it's about communication, right? But what does that do?
My reason for conducting research, quite simply, is to bring people closer to an understanding of the experiences of others so that situations and prgrams and policies can be better understood and, if necessary, improved.
That about sums it up, really. We are looking for improvement!