If there was one item I pulled from the group conversation in class the other night, it's that there seems to be a method to interviewing that may work best for this type of project. Our projects, formulated around some sort of literacy process (prose, document, quantitative) are not designed to find one quick solution. Instead, we are looking to discover (from various viewpoints) how this process is perceived by every stakeholder. To gain these viewpoints, most of us plan to do some sort of interview with these stakeholders. To gain the most from these interviews, I think it's important to use some sort of strategy for each level of interviewing.
I'd be glad (and thankful) to hear from each classmate on their progress and personal strategies for approaching these interviews. The focus of my interview is going to be the student first and the advisor second. From each perspective, I'm trying to understand where the disconnect is happening when using our resources and why they are unable to do so efficiently. The most useful piece of my interview is going to be sitting down and watching both the student and the advisor USE our resources WITHOUT my guidance. During this process, I hope to pause when necessary and ask what it is that's causing trouble, carefully documenting each remark. Maybe it's that they actually have trouble reading the language in our articulations or maybe it's that they can read it, but don't understand it. Pausing during the times the interviewee is having trouble and allowing for feedback/reflection will help in a big way I believe.
Taking a 180 degree turn, I'm also going to interview the members of my office- trying to garner their opinions on the matter. Not sure if having them walk me through the process will help- they do this everyday. This is where the sociocultural lens comes in to play. Since I know they can read and understand the articulations and know how to use our resources in tandem with the articulations, I want to understand how they perceive these processes (literacies are read and understood in many different ways- I want to see if there opinion differs from mine). How concerned are they with the ability of the students and advisors to read, understand/comprehend and use the articulations? What are the challenges associated with understanding articulations/what are they getting in terms of feedback?
What is your approach going to be?