Sunday, 1 June 2014

B is for BREVITY

The second in a new series of blog posts entitled: A-Z: An alphabetical journal through the doctoral experience. 

I'll keep this short.  Suffice to say that transcribing fieldwork interviews offers an excellent professional development opportunity in addition to reflecting on content.  Listening to myself asking painfully long-winded, multiple clause questions complete with sub-questions and asides has considerably improved my interview technique!  Notes to self: 

  • everyone benefits if the question word (how, what, why, when) is introduced early on;
  • don't be greedy - ask a maximum of one question at a time.  The point of follow-on questions is that they follow on;
  • cut the clauses! Otherwise you both forget how the question started out.
That's all folks!

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