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Week 3: Using research and reading to map knowledge and draft questions

After viewing this week’s instructional videos and reading Driscoll’s chapter on primary research methods, work through mapping the knowledge you have about being a successful writer in your disciplinary or professional discourse community, by using Beaufort’s knowledge domains as a guide. We will also practice interviewing in peer-to-peer interviews. Use this mapping exercise and your interview practice to help you draft questions for your interview for Project 1.

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Step 1: Identify What You Know

Use Beaufort’s knowledge domains as an analytical framework to help you develop your thoughts for Project 1. Download this template
and type in the boxes to identify and describe your:

subject matter knowledge
discourse community knowledge
genre knowledge
rhetorical knowledge, and
writing process knowledge

Save your completed file for submission.

 

Step 2: Practice Interviewing with Peers

Conduct a practice interview with your assigned classmate/s and serve as a practice interviewee for them. Work with the small group members that were announced previously and contact them through Canvas/WSU email to arrange a 20-30 minute Zoom interview session. (I suggest doing this one-on-one, which means groups of 4 can split in half, but groups of 3, I admit you will possibly have a little more coordinating to do. If you can find a time that works for the entire group, you can do this as a group interview, but as a heads up that will make your note taking more challenging.) During the session, you will ask each other the following interview questions, asking follow up questions as needed, and will take notes on an interview protocol (aka a schedule or guide; a document that records the questions or topics and allows for ease of note-taking; see sample in Stroh), which you can submit to your instructor:

How did you decide on your major or your course of study?
What kind of work does a student in your major have to do?
What is it like for you to do your work as a student or what does it mean to you to be a student in your field?

Make sure you audio- or video-record the session as well as taking good notes that reflect not only the content but also the context in which statements are made, so you can do the next step. (If you take notes by hand, type them into the document or use a PDF scanning app to create PDF file.) Save your interview protocol, complete with your annotations, for submission.

 

Step 3: Reflect on Your Interview Experience

Reflect on your interview experience and listen to/view your recording. Write a 2-3 page document that provides:

A summary of what happened in the interview (~100 words)
A description of what worked well for you in conducting the interview, and where you had trouble (~100 words)
What you want to practice, get feedback on, and/or ask questions about before you conduct your formal interview with a professional in your field for P1 (~250 words)
Step 4: Making Plans for Your P1 Interview

Begin your plans for the interview you will conduct for Project 1. Create a new document and:

Draft a set of 5-7 questions you might ask in an interview with a professional in your discourse community to help you further develop your knowledge in these domains. Include at least one question for each of the 5 knowledge domains listed in Step 1. (Notes: you can reuse and modify the template from Step 1 for this purpose if you want! If any of your questions is inspired by a secondary source, include a citation for it.)
In a new section, identify two or three individuals you will reach out to for an interview. Locate their contact information, and record it in the document.
In another new section, write up a detailed plan for contacting them, including your ideal timeline for completing this interview task as part of the semester-long timeline for P1. (Note: you are only required to have one interview for the final version of P1, but you should plan to contact multiple people to make it more likely that at least one interview will be successfully completed.)

Save this document for submission.

 

Step 5

Submit your completed files:

The completed template from Step 1
Your annotated interview protocol file from Step 2
Your 2-3 page reflection on the interview
The documentation of your initial plans for the P1 interview

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