Disruptions and Detours – Methodological Challenges and Opportunities of Interaction Effects in Qualitative Interviews with Young Researchers
In qualitative research methodology interviews are considered as dynamic and social situations. Of course, interaction effects need to be taken into consideration when analyzing the interviews. But in contrast to the discussions in quantitative research we do not intend to “control” interaction effects in our qualitative interviews. Instead we argue that disruptions and detours in interview situations should be considered as chances for additional insights. For instance, there are cases when our interviewees turn the table and interview us about our own careers in science. What can we learn from these instances? Also we have to explore the question what effects can be observed in regard to the hierarchical positions of interviewer as well as interviewee. To sum it up: our presentation explores questions of interaction effects in qualitative interviews. In other words, we want to discuss methodologically how to think about interviewing (young) scientists while you are one ofthem.