"Good learners, like everyone else, are living, squirming, questioning, perceiving, fearing, loving, and languaging nervous systems, but they are good learners precisely because they believe and do certain things that less effective learners do not believe and do." -Postman and Weingartner (31)
Great thinking and writing about how Merriam’s suggestions for interviewing and observation apply to a student’s I-Search project.
Merriam’s texts talked about conducting effective interviews and being a careful observer. Because I had already conducted my interviews with the Islam-informative panel members, I mainly used the first text as a checklist. Before conducting my interview, I made an interview guide and kept the paper for reference. I didn’t feel too bad on missing some ‘good’ questions because I felt they weren’t relevant to my topic anyway. For example, sensory questions don’t have much of a place when conversing and informing a questioner on religion. Some questions I felt were natural, such as interpretive questions that rephrase an answer to observe the reaction of the interviewee. Of the three questions to avoid, multiple, leading, and yes-or-no, I fell for the first mistake of asking multiple questions. Luckily, my interviewees usually answered the first question and asked me to remind them of the rest. I realize now that I may…
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