Mastering the Semi-Structured Interview and Beyond: From Research Design to Analysis and Publication

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Appendix A
Sample Protocol for Student Participants

Interview Protocol: Current Phase Student (1988–2003)

Segment One: Opening Narrative

1. Community Context

Were you born in Shaker Heights? [if not, probe for where moved from and what year]

How would you describe the community of Shaker Heights?

2. School Context

What elementary school did you attend? How would you describe your elementary school?

How would you describe Woodbury? [probe for dimensions of experience, such as favorite teachers, opportunities they accessed and those they did not, meaningful learning experiences, adult and peer relationships that facilitated their academic success, and those relationships and educational policies and practices that constrained educational opportunity]

How would you describe the middle school?

HIGH SCHOOL CONTEXT: MAPPING THE SOCIAL LANDSCAPE

The remaining questions in this interview will deal with your high school experience. However, if you have an experience at the elementary school level or junior high school level that relates to any of these questions, please bring it up. It’s not a digression and it will likely contribute to the wide range of experiences you talk about during the interview. [Keep narrative moving—use materials to generate stories about self and other in the social landscape of high school.]

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