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1 Interviews A Research Method for Self- Directed Learning

2 Self-Directed Teaching for Self-Directed Learning zIntroduction: The Interview Assignment as Primary Research zInterview Preparation zInterview Appointment zMy Reflection on the Interview zConclusion

3 The Interview Assignment as Primary Research zTypes of Primary Research zOther Uses of Surveys and Interviews zMy Purpose in the Interview Assignment

4 Types of Primary Research zExperiments ydetermine necessary relationships zStudies of "great" literature and philosophy yarrive at an hermeneutic or deconstructive interpretation z*Surveys and Interviews yidentify or verify a need, a desire, an attitude, or an opinion

5 Other Uses of Surveys and Interviews zSurveys - to advertise in an unbiased and unobtrusive way y Job ads and applications are like surveys zInterviews - to supplement secondary research when an expert is the interview subject y The referees on your résumé are such “experts” about your work history

6 My Research Purpose in the Interview Assignment z to identify or verify students’ interpretation of their final grades z to assist students’ ongoing learning in vocational communications after ENL1813T z to consider Communications I graduates’ assessment of the course model and curriculum in planning future versions

7 Interview Preparation zStart of Preparation zMy Interview Questions zPossible Question Topics zQuestions Appropriate for My Purpose zYour Interview Practice

8 Start of Preparation zIf you are an interview candidate, I will contact you by the method you indicate in your Cover Letter and Resume Assignment submission zI will mention the reasons why I value your expertise zRECORD the time, place, subject, purpose, and length of the proposed interview as I specify these

9 My Interview Questions zAs an interviewer, I will draft a list of at least five main open-ended questions that I will ask you. These will be similar but not identical for all students zI will prepare back-up questions that will vary more from student to student zI may ask unprepared questions as well

10 Possible Question Topics zopinions about components of the grading formula zyour interpretation of the way I might justify the grade for which you applied zyour relevant experience with similar courses or with other challenges zyour portfolio as evidence of your grade zother reasons you believe you should receive the grade for which you applied

11 Questions Appropriate for My Purpose zI will avoid asking yes/no or true/false questions zI will draft several back-up questions for each of my main questions yThese back-up questions may help to draw out your explanations yI will likely not ask all of them

12 Your Interview Practice zAs interviewees, prepare detailed answers to questions that you think I may ask you yI may ask similar questions to those you might like to ask me right after the interview yNevertheless, do not memorize or rehearse exact responses to these unknown questions

13 Interview Appointment zKeeping the Appointment zInterview Introduction z“Moments of Truth”

14 Keeping the Appointment zNote the place and date of your interview zDress in a respectful manner appropriate for the time and place of your interview zBRING YOUR PORTFOLIO zArrive five to fifteen minutes early at your rendez-vous site

15 Interview Introduction zI will record your full name and programme at Algonquin or position elsewhere (if applicable) zI will begin the interview with a statement of my research interest and a survey of the questions to be covered yYou should anticipate details that I may find useful even though I did not plan to ask about them

16 “Moments of Truth” zInterview Process Seen as Conducted by Me zInterview Process Fulfillment by You z“Debriefing”

17 My Reflection on the Interview zMy Interpretation of Evidence zResearch Cross-Referencing

18 My Interpretation of Evidence zI will expand on the notes I took in our interview yThis is best done as a careful re-reading and re-copying of the notes zFor my own objective - an assessment of my methods in our course - I will cross- reference any secondary or other primary research with my interview notes

19 Research Cross- Referencing zIf you covered the same topic as one of my secondary sources: yI’ll keep the information if it is the same in all sources yif you accurately detail a concept or observation contradicted by one of my secondary sources, I’ll trust you over it yif you seem not as accurate or as detailed, I’ll trust the secondary literature

20 Conclusion I’ll have great interest in all consistent information from all sources. It should help me become a “self- directed teacher”!

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