“Starter” questions for an oral history interviewPosted: October 31, 2013
I thought I would post some ideas to get us started for next week’s seminar on interview questions.
A: Basic Information – perhaps say “I’d like to ask you some questions about your childhood”
- Can you tell me your name and address – (for the sound-check)?
- What is your date of birth?
- Where were you born?
- Do you have any brothers and sisters? (Probe: birth order and spacing)
- What was your father’s job?
- Do you remember your father ever being out of work? (Probe: if yes, how did you manage then? How did that affect your lives?)
- Did your mother work?
- What did your parents do in their spare time?
- Did you go out together as a family?
- Did you go on holidays?
- Where did you go to school?
- What did you enjoy most about school?
- What did you dislike about school?
I might then go onto ask more detailed questions under the theme B: School and Work to include; hopes on leaving school, part-time work whilst at school , jobs, hours worked etc….
Looking forward to reading other ideas for opening questions.