For the last 5 weeks of the quarter, students worked on a qualitative research project about climate change attitudes. Here is a Project Syllabus. In addition to the reading assigned for the project, here are some additional bibliographic references.
Here is a preliminary report that summarizes results of the student work, along with some slides that show how study participants were distributed across the “Six Americas” continuum (see bibliographic references for more information about the Six Americas); and presentations by panels of students. Panels were organized by the extent to which their study participants were concerned about climate change.
- Most alarmed
- Less Concerned
- Concerned or Cautious
- Less concerned or cautious
- Disengaged, doubtful or dismissive
For questions about the term paper – look here.
For questions about the team-based synthesis analysis (Thursday Week 9) and Panel Presentations (Tuesday Week 10), see Step 4 of the Interview Analysis document, below.
Crucial information about how to conduct the interview analysis, prepare for the Week 10 panel presentation, and how to writeup your results (for Tuesday Week 9, Tuesday Week 10, and Thursday Week 10, is here.
If you want more information about social science methods than that short document gives, there are sources in the bibliography; particularly recommended are Robson’s Real World Research, and the Web Center for Social Research Methods (you might want to go directly to its Table of Contents). Note that the method we are using is essentially inductive: we are looking for patterns and building a theory. Another way to do this work is to work from a theory; this Web Center has a solid discussion contrasting inductive and deductive. We will talk much more about this spring quarter.
Here you can see interview partners, as assigned for everyone.
Here are some Interview Tips. These were given verbally in class, but these might help those who weren’t there, or who need some reminders.
Below are documents given to students for their interviews: In addition to hard copies of these, students were also provided with two envelopes (one stamped), both addressed to Judy.
- Sample Intro Script.
- Interview Questions.
- Letter to Participants Outlining the Study (to be given to Interviewee).
- HSR Informed Consent Document (to be signed by Interviewee). Student should “fill in the blanks” appropriately prior to the Interview.
- 15 Question Survey (to be given to Interviewee at the end of the Interview, sealed in unstamped envelope, and returned to faculty; student should not read this when it is filled out so not to bias interpretation).
- 23 Question Survey (to be given to Interviewee with the stamped envelope, after he/she completes the 15 Question Survey, with a request that it be completed within 10 days and mailed).
Human Subjects Review. This research project has been approved by Evergreen’s HSR, just as all research that involves human subjects must be. To find out more about the process, see the Evergreen Human Subjects Review (HSR) site. For your information, please find below documents that have been submitted to Evergreen’s HSR Board:
- Completed form (signed by Judy and Martha)
- Six Questions Answered (about the project)
- Information for Subjects (you will need to give a copy to your Interviewee)
- Informed Consent by Subjects (you will need to ask your subject to sign this)
Below is a short blurb you we used when recruiting subjects. More info is above in Human Subjects Review Paragraph.