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Assess the strengths and limitations of unstructured interviews for the study of boys underachievement at school

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´╗┐Sociology Asses the strengths and limitations of unstructured interviews for the study of boys underachievement at school Unstructured interviews have advantages and disadvantages and as a qualitative method they are expressed through words and relay people?s thoughts, feelings and motivations. Unstructured interviews are interviews that don?t have certain questions meaning it?s more free and relaxed. They give us a deep understanding of the interviewees world because we can use the answers they give to shape our questions so that they are appropriate and relevant. However, using unstructured interviews can also cause problems, for example they take a long time to conduct. When looking at the advantages and disadvantages we need to look at how this effects what we are trying to research ?boys underachievement at school? as this will affect whether the advantages and limitations are relevant to the study. ...read more.

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It also means that from the answers that the boys give the interviewer can change and adapt his questions to develop the answer given meaning the data collected will be in depth and very informative. Finally, an advantage of using this method when studying boys underachievement at school is that the interviewee and interviewer can check each other?s meanings. For example, if a question is asked and the boy doesn?t understand the interviewer can adapt and explain so that the boy can give a good answer. This is very good because it allows them to explain what they mean giving the other person a deeper understanding of the questions and answers meaning the interview will be more successful. However, there are also disadvantages of using unstructured interviews when researching boys underachievement at school. ...read more.

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As its unstructured the same interview can?t be carried out on lots of people as it will change each time depending on the answers given and how the interviewer responds to them. This means that researchers can?t replicate the interview or compare it to their own findings so there?s no way of knowing if it?s reliable or not. To conclude using unstructured interviews when researching boys underachievement at school has both advantages and disadvantages that could mean it?s better and worse than structures interviews. However, I believe that it would still be a good method to use as it will give informative answers and allow the researcher to find out why boys aren?t doing so well at school. It will still give accurate answers as the boys will feel more relaxed meaning they can be looked at and analysed meaning we can draw a conclusion from them. Hannah Smillie ...read more.

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