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sellewc
Student interviews as Data Sources
Mon Dec 1, 2014 21:47
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You mentioned this in your presentation, but I'd like to speculate further that by asking certain questions in your interviews, you are guiding and leading students towards a certain biased answer. You mentioned that asking a few questions created a different awareness that actually caused a decrease in students' comfort level.

For example, since you framed the question "Do you feel you use rich vocabulary..." I think that may be leading them to say yes even if they don't. And of course, if you ask them again after the intervention, they are surely going to say that they have improved.

I've noticed this in my project's student interview questions, its like they are feeding us exactly what we are looking for most of the time just because they are our students and want to please us (or they could care less and are just lying). I personally believe that interviewing a student is not a worthwhile data collection. You can collect the same "feelings" of rich vocabulary use by recording their speaking and writing and calculate a frequency of tier 1 and 2 words.

  • Re: Susan and Emily's presentation - Ashley Pennell, Mon Nov 24 18:13
    Kudos to the two of you for focusing your research on vocabulary! I also thought it was interesting that your students felt less comfortable using "spicy" words after the interventions were put in... more
    • Student interviews as Data Sources - sellewc, Mon Dec 1 21:47
    • Vocabulary time - Susan Gibson, Wed Nov 26 10:29
      My students did love vocabulary time. I would be like "Let's learn some new words" and they would always be like "yay! I can't wait Mrs. Shepherd". I think this was because of the strategies we used... more
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