Qualitative Research in a Period of Social Detachment: The Challenge of Conducting Remote Interviews

Authors

  • Gabriel de Pinna Mendez Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica, Celso Suckow da Fonseca, Brasil
  • Claudio Fernando Mahler Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, COPPE/UFRJ, Brasil
  • Stella Regina Taquette Departamento de Ciências Médicas da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.9.2021.336-343

Keywords:

Social Distancing, Qualitative Research, Interview

Abstract

The present work sought to evaluate the performance of interviews in remote mode as a way of using this tool in qualitative research, in the period of social distance. 18 remote interviews were carried out as part of a study to assess the difficulties faced in the selective collection of solid waste in the city. from an important Brazil city , a study that is in the phase of data analysis. The interviews were conducted with the use of several tools, depending on the availability of means of the interviewees such as Microsoft Teams software, Google Meet, Zoom and even via video call via cell phone application (mobile phone). The average duration of the interviews was 40 minutes and despite the difficulties encountered, such as the signing of the Free and Informed Consent Term - IC and the oscillation of the internet signal, it was found that remote interviews are feasible, allowing interaction between the researcher and the interviewee and the fulfillment of ethical requirements in research, but they should only be carried out in cases of need, such as the COVID-19 Pandemic or another need for social isolation on the part of the researcher or the interviewee. As a positive point in the remote interview, the easiness in the recording and transcription of the interviews stands out.

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Published

2021-07-08

How to Cite

Gabriel de Pinna Mendez, Claudio Fernando Mahler, & Stella Regina Taquette. (2021). Qualitative Research in a Period of Social Detachment: The Challenge of Conducting Remote Interviews. New Trends in Qualitative Research, 9, 336–343. https://doi.org/10.36367/ntqr.9.2021.336-343

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