– Qualitative Research – The interview
Where to begin? Disasters are a social phenomenon , affecting society and its individuals. Investigating the needs and responses of the people to these stressors, as they perceive them, is a complex problem. Behavior analysis and observation can see the results of the affected persons’s thought process, but can it necessarily explain those thoughts and motivations?
One method of ‘getting inside someone’s head’ is to get them to reflect and attempt to explain their perceptions and logic, based on their beliefs. This is an incredibly important task, as you explored in the “whole community” approach of Disaster Management Foundations. We do this through interviewing strategies.
This week, we will explore the many facets of interviewing, and begin to craft such a tool (interview guide) on our movement towards a trial study. The assignment requires you to think hard about who you would get data, and asks you to design your interview guide. A Pilot Interview should be the culmination of your preparation work this week.
An upcoming project as a group is the conduct of an interview related to volunteering to the community in general. You may use this week’s work to address the issues of that assignment along the way.
– Questions :
1. Explore your interpretations of the various forms of interview, and the possible application to the field of Disaster Management, here. Collectively, conclude the best application for our purposes.
2. Display your Interview Guide (your crafted questions relating to your research question or hypothesis), and critique (positive and possible misunderstandings) your peer’s guides. This is an opportunity to “pilot” your questions and themes. Make sure to ‘annotate’ in your guide what specific information or data you are seeking!
– My research question is what the Philadelphia residents have done to prepare for the occurrence of a hurricane similar to Hurricane Irma in the near future?
– APA Style
– I have attached an example of the paper.