Conducting the research interview: Framing questions and establishing rapport

Year: 1996

Author: Partington, Gary

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper had its origins in the degree of success of different interviewers in obtaining quality data from Aboriginal students. Successful semi-structures interviews depend upon the establishment of rapport with the interviewee and framing the right questions.

In this paper the factors which contribute to rapport, including setting the respondent at ease, developing an egalitarian relationship and listening carefully to responses so that dialogue can occur, are examined in the context of interviewing Aboriginal students.

Interviewing requires a consideration for the issues to be addressed, a concern to acquire valid data, and a regard for the situation of the interviewee. Examples from research studies are used to illustrate these issues in this paper.