For my mini thesis project I would like to explore NUGSE graduate students’ perspectives on using blogs to develop self-regulated learning. Self-regulated learning requires from learners to set goals, develop their personal learning strategies to achieve these goals and reflect upon their own learning. And I believe that blogging can aid a person to develop this life-long learning skills. For the purpose of my study I have chosen an interview based qualitative study design. Creswell (2014) states that “a qualitative interview occurs when researchers ask one or more participants general, open-ended questions and record their answers” (p.217).
Despite the fact that it is possible to conduct a qualitative research with few participants, finding interviewees is one of the challenges of this data collectiomn method. I’ve realized that it is difficult to find participants for my data collection as interviews are time consuming as well as data analysis. I struggled with finding time to appoint a meeting with my participants due to huge amount of work at school.
As for the strengths of interviews I would highlight the opportunity to study the issue in depth. Having interviews with graduate students helped me to explore their perspectives on self-regulated learning in detail. Besides, the nature of interviews where respondents’ answers are not resrticted to answer set questions is really useful to get more information from participants.
Actually, in terms of content or topic, this small scale study doesn’t have any direct relations with my master thesis as I’m going to explore teachers’ experiences in implementing the Content and Language Integrated Learning strategies in their lessons. However, from the data collection process of this mini thesis project, which is similar to the data collection instrument for my master thesis, I’ve learned good practical lessons that can be taken into account for the next study.
First of all, I’ve realized that conducting an interview is not a simple process and requires thorough preliminary preparations. Everything needs to be prepared beforehand: starting from appointing interview time and venue and ending with good audio recording device. Moreover, interview questions should be well desinged so that the participants of your study could clearly undestand your questions. Only in this case you can get complete and accurate answers to your questions.
As my small scale study focuses on several students’ perspectives, I would like to know opinions of other graduate students. Let’s find out the aswer by taking the survey below.
Creswell, J. W. (2014). Educational research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Essex: Pearson Education Limited.