Methodological Challenges and Concerns of Using Interview Method to Conduct Socio-Culturally Sensitive Research

Bangladesh Journal of Educational Research, 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 2

16 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2017

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M. Mahruf C. Shohel

Man Jia

Independent

Rubaiyat Jahan

Rajshahi University

Goutam Roy

Institute of Education and Research, University of Rajshahi

Date Written: July 01, 2015

Abstract

Researching Muslim women in the west could be challenging for some researchers with different socio-cultural or religious background. This includes sensitivity associated with religious identity, feminist view and socio-cultural aspects of the research subjects. This article used interview method, a frequently used tool for collecting data in the qualitative research paradigm by applied social scientists. The success of the interview method largely depends on the interviewees and their understanding of the research contexts. This article looks into the authors’ understanding of using traditional interview method in a different cultural setting and tries to find out the challenges of using the method with Muslim women going for higher education. The interview process poses some distinct challenges to the interviewing process and needs to be addressed for a rigorous research. This article also reflects on a number of issues related to the interview process, working with the equipment (tape-recorder), flexibility of proposed schedule, and the way of posing research questions for in-depth inquiry. More importantly, it draws on both advantages and disadvantages of interview method for exploring this sensitive issue. The process of data analysis is also summarised along with the consideration of reflexivity and trustworthiness of the generated data. This article also highlights the issues related to gaining access to the participants, sampling, and ethical consideration.

Keywords: Research methodology, interview method, Muslim women, ethnic minority, qualitative research

Suggested Citation

Shohel, M. Mahruf C. and Jia, Man and Jahan, Rubaiyat and Roy, Goutam, Methodological Challenges and Concerns of Using Interview Method to Conduct Socio-Culturally Sensitive Research (July 01, 2015). Bangladesh Journal of Educational Research, 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903874

Man Jia

Independent ( email )

Rubaiyat Jahan

Rajshahi University ( email )

Motihar Chattar, Boalia
Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205
Bangladesh

Goutam Roy (Contact Author)

Institute of Education and Research, University of Rajshahi ( email )

Syed Ismail Hossain Sirajee Bhaban
University of Rajshahi
Rajshahi, 6205
Bangladesh

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