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Interview Projects

1. Interviewguide.(Your Interview Guide will be submitted by the end of the first week of the Module)Generate an interview guide with 4 or 5 questionsthat you plan to ask each respondentrelated to your research topic•These should be open-ended questions and canrelate to what you asked in your survey (but can also be different).•Remember that with an open-ended question, you are trying to get more information than a simple survey question can give you. You want to give your respondent an opportunity to give details. Also remember that you CAN’T ask about illegal actions or overly personal or sensitive behaviors and topics. These questions do not need to be asked verbatim, and the order of the questions may differ from interview to interview, depending on thespecific flow of your conversation with each respondent. •However, plan to address each question with each respondent at some point in the interview. •These will be your main guiding questions, although you certainly may(and should)ask additional follow-up or clarifying questions during your interview.Each interview should be approximately 45 minutesto one hourlong –so prepare your interview guide with this in mind. for the first part I will provide you for question from the survey I did recently so you can choose‼️

2 part : 2.Interview notes. (Your notes are due at the end of the Week 8 [along with your ObservationProject])Choose two people you want to interview. •It is ok if one or both of your interviewees participated in your survey.•As with the survey, you want to let them know why you are conducting the interview, that answers are confidential, and that they have the option to not answer one or more of the questions as they see fit.During each interview, please take notes (either on paper or electronically).•If necessary, you may record the interview on your phone and take notes following the interview, as long as you DELETE the file immediately after taking notes.•These should besimilar tothe “jottings” described in your textbook. It doesn’t need to be organized into clear sentences and it doesn’t need to be understood or easy to follow by anyone other than you.Do your best with these notes to capture the essence of your interview, jot down any particularly important direct quotes, and make note of anything you think will be especially important as you do your interview write-ups (i.e. any emerging concepts or themes). •The length of these notes may vary quite a bit from person to person –but a reasonable length is about a page per interview. submit your typed notes for this portion of the assignment. •No need to format your notes to be particularly legible, remove typos, etc. These are meant to guide you in the remainder of the assignment, not be a polished final product; I’mchecking to see you did them, not looking for a beautiful narrative!


3 part:3.Final write-up oftwothemesuncovered during your interview project. Here are the steps to complete your final write-up:a.Notes on emerging concepts/themes from your two interviews.(these notes are for your own use and won’t be graded).After you complete both your interviews, think about on the emerging concepts/themes you seem to be uncovering. •What patterns did you see in how your two respondents answered your questions? Note any striking similarities or differences between the two interviews. Think about each question: Did certain concepts emerge as important for any of the questions?•For example, if you had a question asking respondents how they felt their age at the time their children were born impacted their ability to raise their children, you might have found it noteworthy that both respondents heavily emphasized their financial situations, noting they could better afford children since they were older and more established in their careers when they had them (I’m just making this up –but hopefully you see what I’m getting at). In that case, you’ll want to note “financial situation” as an emerging concept and briefly indicate how and why it might be related to perceptions of parental effectiveness.Again, the length of these notes will vary from person to person, but at least a page would be reasonable. •You may have considerably more, if you’re someone who likes to brainstorm at length. If you’re a concise note-taker, one hand-written page may be all it takes. •As with your earlier notes, feel free to take these notes primarily for yourself; you needn’t format them particularly well or edit them to be clear if read by someone else. b.Final write-up of Two Themes(this is your final project write-up)You could likely do many more –but limit yourself to the most important/noteworthy findings from your project. For each, identify the theme that emerged from your interviews and briefly describe its importance. When possible, include direct quotes and/or examples from your interviews to highlight the theme.•For example, a theme could be something like, “Older parents tended to have well-established careers at the time their children are born, and they continued these careers after their children were born.” You may follow this up with a couple examples of careers noted by your interviewees. Then, it might be helpful to include an illustrative quote–for example, fromone respondent who said she was, “glad she had her son over the summer” because it allowed her to, “get right back to work the following school year.” Consider finishing this section with a noteworthy exception or two to this theme, if you found any(i.e. don’thide anycontradictory evidence)! For example,in contrast to this overall trend,you mayhighlight the factthat one respondent quit his job as a high-powered CEO after his first child was born because he “didn’t want to miss a minute with her”.Again, I’m justmaking thisup, but hopefully you see what I’m getting at.In conclusion, briefly tiethis theme to your literature review: Why is it important, and what new information does it contribute to the field?For each theme, your write-up should be approximately 1 page, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, for a total of 2 to 3 pages, double-spaced. •This is the polished portion of your interview project, where you tell the story you uncovered.•This is about two themes so at the start of each, identify the theme and then discuss how you identified this theme based on your interviews.•You can label your two interviewees with a number (Person 1/Person 2) or letter or you can use an initial. This is up to you. Do NOT use your participants’ real names. •You can use direct quotes, paraphrased comments, and any observations, summaries, or conclusions you wish. You just want to tell the story of the themes using the information from your interviews.•

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