The Problem-centered Interview

Andreas Witzel


The problem-centered interview (PZI) is a theory-generating method that tries to neutralize the alleged contradiction between being directed by theory or being open-minded so that the interplay of inductive and deductive thinking contributes to increasing the user's knowledge. The appropriate communication strategies aim firstly at the representation of the subjective approach to the problem, secondly the stimulated narratives are enriched by dialogues employing imaginative and semi-structured prompts. Theoretical knowledge develops by using elastic concepts that are further developed during the analysis by employing empirical analysis and which will be refined by "testing" empirically grounded "hypotheses" with the data. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001228


inquiry; evaluation; deduction; induction; narration; dialogue; semi-structured interview; problem-centered interview


Copyright (c) 2000 Andreas Witzel

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