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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 The bias of interviews

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 The bias of interviews John Mitchell and Hugo Slim Introduction Informal interviewing is therefore a difficult business. Questions are often met with The informal interview is a very accepted uncomprehending silence o with a shrug or a medium in our culture but it is not so well chuckle as if to say - `how do you expect me o understood in rural areas. People often find it a answer that?' Answers to large questions like very strange way to communicate. Their those about drought and famine are usually not even attempted but are very naturally referred surprise at the medium raises important to God. In our experience, the fact that one questions about the `informal interview' which often does not seem to be getting through to is central to many interviewing techniques such as the semi-structured interview, which is people in interviews seems to be because the used in Rapid Rural Appraisal. informal interview is often misunderstood by practitioners and interviewees alike. As a As a means of talking and listening to rural means of communication, it seems to have implicit assumptions, which go against the people, the informal interview can be an ...

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