The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation Documents
Rachel E. Scherr and
Michael C. Wittmann
A researcher's interests dictate which student statements in a clinical interview are considered to constitute data. To the extent that our research agendas are unexamined, they may control our attention inappropriately, limiting the effectiveness of both data collection and data interpretation. We describe an interview in which the interviewer paid nearly exclusive attention to the student's conceptual understanding of charge flow, thereby missing information about, for example, her epistemological frame. We also describe a later analysis of the same interview, in which our first reactions to the interview say more about our agendas as researchers than about the character of the interview itself.
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Published August 7, 2002
Last Modified April 11, 2009
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