Interview

Identify a senior citizen and schedule an hour to talk with him or her face to face. Be sure to tell the person that you are completing the interview as part of a class assignment and that the content of the interview is completely confidential (no names will be used). Conduct an informal interview, focusing on the participant’s developmental history.

Consider the following:

  • Family history and background
  • School environment and educational experience
  • Employment and volunteer work
  • Social relationships
  • Partnerships and parenthood
  • Significant life events
  • Significant life transitions
  • Memorable experiences

In addition to interview data, you may also obtain information from significant others, behavioral observations during the interview, and records (e.g. school reports, family albums, diaries, etc).

Part I: Document the questions you asked and the participant’s responses. This is your interview ‘transcript’ that will be turned in along with your reflective paper.

Part II: Write about 1,050 words reflecting on the interview. In your paper, include information on the following:

  • What were the most notable aspects of the interview? What topics did your interviewee respond strongly to and why?
  • What were the most surprising aspects of the interview? Did any of the interviewee’s responses surprise you? Explain.
  • What stood out as being most important in his/her life? Describe the interviewee’s most significant or meaningful life events.
  • What life transitions did your interviewee discuss? Did he/she disclose any specific strategies for coping with difficult life transitions? Describe the interviewee’s most challenging transitions.
  • Explain what you learned from this experience.

Use the literature in gerontology, wisdom and successful aging to supplement your paper and support your points.

Include at least three references from scholarly sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Include: APA Title Reference pages                                                                                   

interview

By now you should have completed your interview with someone from your field of interest “psychology”. The interview format should be based on the following types of questions:

  • Demographic questions: This is common in interviews and questionnaires. Typically, demographic questions include questions regarding age, gender, race or ethnicity, marital status, education level, career title (job), and types of jobs held. Do not include questions that identify an individual, that is, questions regarding name, address, and relationship with you.
  • Interview questions: Personal interview questions differ from a questionnaire or survey in that they are much less structured. They are open-ended and lead to a narrative. For the interview you will need to ask four to five questions related to the profession. However, be prepared to ask follow-up questions to further probe into the topic area, if needed. The types of questions should follow these general themes:
  • Skills and experience—This theme covers questions related to the individual’s education and experience.
  • Types of work—This theme covers questions related to the individual’s typical work day.
  • Professional development—This theme covers questions related to the types of continued education/training needed after formal education (college).
  • Future prospects—This theme covers questions related to the state of the profession and potential career prospects.

When conducting the interview follow this guide:

  • First, locate individuals whom you plan to interview. Call him/her or send an e-mail to make an appointment. Introduce yourself as a student of South University. Explain that you need to interview him or her as part of a class project
  • Conduct a one-on-one interview. The interview can be completed via a phone interview if you are not able to find someone in your area.
  • Take detailed notes.
  • Besides answers to the questions, note other relevant information shared.

What is due for this assignment is a summary report on the interview detailing the following information:

  • Interview questions asked
  • Demographic information
  • Summary of responses to questions

 

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