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participants and previous data collection through interviewing. The initial questions in the semi-
structured interview form were supplemented by follow-up questions during the interview
process. A list of semi-structured interview questions, based on the pre-determined four
influences, allowed me to begin data collection in a prescribed way. The follow-up questions
allowed me and the participants to follow the pathway that emerged during the data collection
process. Participants were also asked to review the transcribed interviews and answer additional
questions or make additional comments based on their recollections. All participants answered
subsequent questions in the transcripts, and all participants provided additional information
based on recollections between the time of the interview and receipt of the transcribed interview.
Again, an interview log was located at the end of the semi-structured interview questions to
ensure that an interview log would be used during each interview. A copy of the initial semi-
structured interview questions is available in the appendix.
The Final Interview Process ofData Collection
A mainstay of qualitative research is the in-depth interview, which provides rich
description and depth when studying a person or phenomenon (Gall et al., 2003; Merriam, 1998;
Schram, 2004). In-depth interviewing also requires trust and rapport between the person doing
the research and the person or people being researched. According to Langness (1965), the
interview is the best method to assess motivations, judgments, attitudes, and emotions, all likely
parts of each participant's life path that were assessed during this study. Cole and Knowles
(2001) see in-depth interviewing as part of life history research. In this study, the interview was
the predominant means to collect data. While the interview technique used for this study was
predominantly semi-structured, since it allowed participants to discuss their pathways and recall
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