research method

Data collection - Overview on interviewing

At the end of March, I wrote this entry about recruitment for interviews. If I recall correctly, at that time I had a total of about 13 interviews (few completed, some undergoing, many yet to start). Four months later, recruitment and interviewing are still one of my major activity, and this is the current situation:

  • 21 interviews successfully completed:
  • 10 interviews currently undergoing:
  • 7 interviews on hold/waiting for confirmation:
  • 2 refusal only, so far.

Surprisingly, the most chosen interviewing medium is the forum private messages system. 9 interviews happened over e-mails, 4 through IRC and one face-to-face. All the remaining interviews run through the forum PM. I did not expected it, but it is a nice surprise.

Research Methods

The objectives set for this research favour an in-depth qualitative inquiry over a quantitative one. In particular, an ethnographic approach to the phenomenon of inquiry seems the most appropriate. Ethnography is a widely adopted method in sociological research even if it originated in the field of anthropology. It is used to study unkown cultures, specific organizational settings and community life in general.

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