Collecting Data in the Field

To collect data throughout this case study I stayed within IRB guidelines while engaging in participant observation, shadowing, and semi-structured interviews with audio recording. Verbal consent was obtained before participants were observed, and intentions where made clear. With a dedication to clearly represent members meaning I structured the report to include direct excerpts from my interviews with explanation for why I viewed them important below the text.

With complications arising from child involvement I decided to shift gears and to focus more on the parents and teachers perspectives to avoid risking misrepresentation of context. I began with one family and spent time with them learning about their position and the worries the parents had. From there I formed a larger study and encompassed media that I received from my informants. I used pseudonyms throughout the study to protect anonymity for the families involved. Since this information was directly about minors I felt that the protecting the parents names in turn was protecting the children they were speaking with me about.

I included multiple perspectives as to produce a fuller picture of the world I was trying to understand more about. I believe this is important because one side does not explain a whole picture. Audio recording was the best tool I was able to use. It allowed me to transcribe to a fuller extent while jotting about other details such as body language or hesitation to answer certain questions. There are clear sections breaking the work up into introduction, findings & significance, reflections of methods and improvements for next time, as well as concluding information and a proposed solution going forward. Rhetoric or language that is used is explained to allow for the audience to understand the work they were apart of.

A literature review from multiple sources is cited to back up personal opinions or experiences during the study and is made clear that they are my own questions or feelings. I represented who each one of my participants were and ensured that I allowed for a range of ages to gather multiple stages of thought during the progression of a child aging. Also to give further insight into children’s lives upon understanding parents were feeling as if teachers saw their children more than they did I included teachers into my interviews to bring in the noted perspective. I was forthcoming in my difficulties throughout the study and how I revised and reshaped my questions and plan of attack to also allow the reader to understand my journey and experience during this process that I believe is important if further research is to be done. In acknowledging our failures and issues with research we can allow others to bring solutions to the table we may have not thought of.

For my interviews I found the less questions I could ask while allowing for stories to be told was the best way to allow my informants to open up and have less of a time thinking about the technicalities of direct mechanical questions.

Parent vs. Teacher Perspectives