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Research Interview Methods

Methods can vary widely.  Different disciplines have adapted guidelines, terminology and practices for their field.  Below find the general research types with common interview methods.  Included are select VCU research examples.

Quantitative Research Interviews - Standardized Structure

  • Survey - data collection tool for gather information from a group of individuals. Data can be factual or opinions. Administration options includes structured interview or participant/respondent completing survey on their own.  

Qualitative Research Interviews - Conversational Structure