Interviews 5 -12

It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve been conducting more of my interviews in all of the three age groups and am at a stage where there is a equal mix though out the groups. Most of the interviews start as semi-structured and then develop into more personalised discussions dependent on each individual’s experiences. The interviews have varied from 35minutes to over an hour.

When the interviews have finished I as the participant to upload some of their comntent so that there is a record and example of the type of content they produce and share. I’m using Posterous as the hosting web service. It’s free and has the added advantage enabling participants to to email their content to an address and this will create a post on the site. I wanted to make it as easy as possible for participants to use as possible. About half the interviewees have uploaded which is encouraging. The site can be viewed here.

I’ve also just finished marking 38, 3000 word essays from the Creativity module which, as usual, has been a time consuming process. There really isn’t a quick way to mark as essay. This time I marked a few-a-day over a two week period.

I’m taking a break from the interviews now and off to Australia for a couple of weeks. It’ll give me chance to catch up on some reading. I’m also going to finish reading my supervisor, David Gauntlett’s, great new book Making is Connecting while I’m away.

When I come back I’ve got a very intensive summer period continuing the interviews, writing my methodology chapter and finishing my literature review before my transfer appraisal in October. I’m also helping with the Transforming Audiences 3 conference in September which I’ve been asked to present some of my research. It’s going to be a very busy summer!

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