Week 4 is time to reflect and try something a little different. We’re going to conduct qualitative interviews on our classmates to learn about their experiences in this project. There are a few reasons I’ve chosen this activity. One reason is to have students keep in touch with other, another is that it can be done without screens (if you use an old fashioned phone call) and it helps to see the difference in approaches to research.
- Health Project Week 4
- Health Project Week 3
- Health Project Week 2
- Health Project Week 1
- Health Self-Experimentation Project Intro
- The Importance of Routine
Teachers: Feel free to adapt or amend any of this work in any way you like.
Week 4: Qualitative Research
- Write a summary of your own honest opinions about the effects of healthy habits like the one you’ve just studied.
- Read this blog post about the purpose and nature of semi-structured interviews.
- Create an interview schedule (an interview plan) with a few questions you’re going to ask 5 of your classmates. You are conducting interviews to understand how your classmates felt about the project. If possible, use a purposive sample and find people who chose a similar habit to your own.
- Conduct your interviews on your classmates. Be sure to record them (and get consent) so you can listen to them again if needed.
- Write a summary of the common themes you found out.
- Reflect: are your conclusions similar to your own opinions?
- Extension: Write a comparison of the differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Include differences not just in methods but also in overall aims.
Final Course Reflection
- IB Psychology’s Top Ten: Write a summary of the 10 things you’re most likely to remember about this course and why.
Travis Dixon is an IB Psychology teacher, author, workshop leader, examiner and IA moderator.