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If you write things down you have to be selective - and it is difficult to decide on the spot what is really important. 4. Writing down can inhibit the interviewee - they usually appear to forget about the tape recorder when they're in full flow. 5. If you tape-record you can listen to the interview several times: andyou can, discern more each time. Tape recorders are simple enough to use but you need to be sure that you are entirely familiar with the model you're using: it is galling in the extreme to find you've pressed the 68 69 1 Case Study Research Methods pause button and half a key interview is lost.
Eat deal out of an interview lasting no more than 30 minutes: but you need to be firmly, though unobtrusive4r, in control. You need to prune your list of question topics to those that are really essential for your research project and which cannot be answered satisfactorily in any other way. e. where the answer is open. ' The kind of answers you get to that sort of question are up to the person you're interviewing and largely unpredictable. That's ~here the element of discovery comes in. You are asking the interviewee to tell you: and they may do so at some length, not all of it on the topic.
You need to get enough data from sufficient observations to be reasonably sure of that. Two things you need to be organized on: • a clear specification of what is to be observed (and a clear grasp of why it's important); • a clear procedure for recording your observations. Preparing an observation schedule You don't sit down and write out an observation schedule right out of your head, any more than you just sit down and write out a questionnaire. By 'don't' is meant 'shouldn't' because, of course, people often do exactly that: with disastrous results which they richly deserve.