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1996; O'Brien & Zudak, 1998; Pace, 1980; "Revelations and Recommendations," 2001; Rinn,
1995; Smedley et al., 1993; Solberg, 1993; Tinto, 1993; Tornatzky et al., 2002). Based on these
four influences, I determined that at least four interviews were needed with each research
Initial Design for Data Collection
The interviews were initially structured to cover one topic per interview session. In-depth
interviewing requires trust and rapport between the person doing the research and the person or
people being researched, which is why introductory meetings or discussions were scheduled
prior to beginning the interviewing process. The meetings or discussions allowed me to talk with
each participant about the research project, elicit participation, explain the amount of time
required for participation, and encourage a collaborative knowledge-making process.
The in-depth interview was the predominant means to collect data in this study. Each
interview session took place in person when possible, via telephone when not possible.
Interviews were scheduled weekly so all interviews could be accomplished in 1 month to control
for changing perspective on the part of the interview participants. Initially, each interview was to
last no more than 1.5 hours to maintain freshness of information and limit the level of frustration
associated with lengthy and probing interviews, but several interviews stretched to almost three
hours as participants continued to relay their stories. While I began to tire during these long
interviews, the research participants seemed to gain clarity and candor. During particularly long
interviews, I asked each participant if he or she felt okay, and asked if the participant would like
to continue the discussion during a later interview, but all participants expressed a desire to
continue the conversation at that time. To maintain internal consistency of data following these
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