Investigating Ideas About Heat (~4 hrs.)
Your audio or videotape allows you to look closely at your exchange with the child you interviewed to understand his (or her) ideas, the meaning of his words, and to figure out what questions encourage children to bring their own experiences and ideas to bear on their science learning. As you "listen" to your interview, in addition to figuring out the child's ideas, take a critical look at the questions you asked. The nature and effectiveness of the questions and the child's responses are inextricably linked.
A. What does the evidence reveal?
The guide you'll see below will help you analyze your interview and later organize a report. In the process of analysis, mark and annotate your transcript. You'll want to include excerpts from your transcript throughout your report - the exact wording is important. How much transcript should you include? Think back to the Erickson reading; he did not include every bit of data. He made summary statements backed up by excerpts from children's conversations or samples of their writing or drawings.
Tips for reviewing a transcript
- Highlight your questions
- Number the lines on your transcript
- Use stickie notes to annotate
B. Reflect on the planning process
Look back at your plans and consider what transpired as the interview unfolded. What do you think were the strengths and weaknesses of your plan? Look at Part B in the guide below for questions to reflect upon and use to craft Part B of the report.
A Guide for Your Analysis and Reflection
Write your analysis and reflection in the Interview Analysis and Reflections.
Use the file name yourname_interview.doc.
Analysis of Your Interview
Content of the interview
Task you used to probe the child's ideas
The InterviewThe context
The child explains
Insights from your transcript
Choose about 10 lines from your transcript that caught your attention in some way as you probed the child's ideas, thought about your own ideas, or thought about your teaching. Copy and paste the piece of transcript you select into your Word document, add 2-3 sentences that describe why you chose this particular excerpt.
The questions you asked
Pick several questions.
Wearing the listener hat
C. Gaining perspective
Read Teaching, Learning, and Assessing 5-12, Chapter 9, pp.123-129, Gathering evidence about children's learning. Which of the methods Harlen discusses did you include in your interview?
Rewinding the clock:
Based on your own experience and this reading, if you were to interview a child again, what changes would you make in your planning or the interview process?