Towards developing a wider sense of the pleasures, perils, issues, and concerns of youth and their relationship to the entertainment industries, conduct (5) informal interviews with three cohort groups: (2-3) friends, (1-2 ) co-workers, and (1) family-adult member.
Interview questions (probe):
- What are some of your entertainment industry pleasures?
- What are some critical issues facing youth? What are your concerns?
- What are some critical issues facing youth related to the entertainment industries?
Note – questions may be modified based on what works for you.
- Engage a conversation on these issues.
- Practice good listening and informal interviewing skills.
- This includes FOLLOW-UP questions. People generally have more to say; at the (pregnant) pause, “Can you say more?” “What do you mean?”
- Write field notes describing and reflecting on the “conversational narrative” (Grele).
- Bring these ideas to our wider classroom dialogue formulating a YDEI praxis agenda.
- Write several paragraphs (one to two pages) reporting what happened. Approach this as a mini-essay, with a beginning and conclusion, that starts with a strong opening sentence.
- Summarize and describe the conversational narratives.
- As best you can, summarize narrator responses to specific questions.
- Where possible and purposeful, include direct quotes or paraphrasing.
- To do this, consider using the Voice Memo app on your smart phone. See how-to use voice memo from WBUR .
- Reflect on the meanings; in formal fieldwork this includes analysis, interpretation, and reflection. Free write on what was said, and how it resonates for you.
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