Week 4 Guidelines
Interview Questions and Transcript
Develop a set of questions (open-ended) to interview the person from another culture you identified in Week 2 and provide a transcript (written responses) from this interview.
Note: The transcript of the interview will also enable completion of Course Project – Part 3 that is due in Week 7.
Interview Question Selection:
Conduct the Interview:
Interview the person identified earlier using the questions you have prepared and drawing on your background knowledge from your research in Week 2.
Although it is very useful to take notes in the interview and/or tape record the interview, you need to be sensitive to how the person may react if you do this as well as to how it will influence you if you are taking notes as you do the interview.
If appropriate and with permission, you may take photos of the person and where they live, pictures of the person’s home/workplace/environment/artifacts from the person’s story; you may scan in pictures the person has shared with you, or you may draw your own pictures to illustrate points in your story. For this purpose, kindly get Informed Consent. See Sample under Section on Informed Consent.
If the person you conduct the interview with does not want to answer a question, you cannot make them do so.
Keep in mind the code of ethics employed by sociologists. The three main ethical principles that must guide fieldwork are:
Capturing the Interview Information:
After the interview, it will be helpful preparation for Week 7’s Part 3 of the Course Project if you take a moment now to note specific sociological concepts being learned in this class that may be related to responses received from your interviewee – especially while the interview is still fresh in your mind!
How to cite an interview:
As a personal interview is not published or “findable,” it should not be included in an APA reference list. Instead, a personal interview should be referenced as a parenthetical citation. For example: (First Name Initial, Last Name, personal communication, Date of Interview).
Deliverables (what to submit at the end of Week 4):
Written assignment which includes: