Psychology

Human Growth and Development

PSY 210

Attachment C

Interview-Instructions

Through an interview you are to write a report on the information obtained from a youth 11-18 years.  The intent of this interview is to gather the youth’s perspective of the educational process.  You will have to obtain written permission from the youth’s parent in order to conduct the interview and write the report.  A blank consent form has been provided for your use.  Submitting this form is a requirement.  See Attachment D for the blank consent.  You are to use the form to obtain written consent prior to conducting your interview.  Place this signed consent form in an envelope, seal the envelope, and submit it with your interview.  You are only to report on your interview.  See Attachment E for the rubric that will be used to evaluate your report.

Format:  Your report must be typed, double spaced and at least 3-to 4 pages in length (title pages do not count as a page).  Failing to meet the minimum requirements for length will reduce your score by 3 points.  IN addition, you will gain or lose a maximum of 9 points for mechanics (spelling punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, form, appearance).  You are to have 1-inch margins on all sides.  You must use a 12-pitch font.  You must include the following sections:

A. Introduction:  This section will describe why you chose to interview this particular age.  It will include something other than “because this was the only group available.”

B. Background:  specify the age of the adolescent, the gender, grade, type of school (public, private, or home schooling) and the setting where the interview took place.

C. Interview:  Describe the adolescent’s responses to the questions asked and any accompanying behavior you observed.  The kinds of questions you might ask are things related to the following:1. Relationship with peers2. Attitudes toward school and teachers3. Favorite subject or subjects tell why/least favorite subject, tell why.4. Have you ever been a peer tutor?  If yes, what was it like?5. Have you ever been tutored by a peer.  If yes, what was it like?6. Would you like to be a peer tutor?7. Plans for college or future career8. Thoughts about grades in school9. Feeling about testing in school10. Thoughts about violence in schools, teenage parents.11. Thoughts about justice, freedom, equality, discrimination, etc.12. Thoughts about male and female relationships.

D. Conclusion:  State how the responses were either consistent or inconsistent with the age-level characteristics presented in the text for the age group that you interviewed.  Be sure to address all aspects of the child’s development (physical, cognitive, social, and emotional).  You must make at least two references for each developmental aspect.  You must include two specific references to the stage of Piaget’s cognitive development and Erikson’s stage of social emotional development, etc.  In formulating your conclusion, you must use the specific terminology presented in the text.  For instance, if the child demonstrated adolescent egocentrism by focusing on what others think about him/her.  Your conclusions must be based on information you obtained through the interview