you will do primary research by gathering first-hand information from the woman, lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) person, and/or gender-nonconforming/transgender person you interview. In addition to arranging for and conducting the interview, you will need to prepare a written report of the interview. Follow these steps to prepare your interview and written report: To begin, identify a woman, LGB person, and/or gender-nonconforming/transgender person who would be able and willing to participate in an interview. They might be someone in your own family, a family friend, or someone suggested by a friend or colleague. Ideally, the person you interview should have extensive experience working for pay and/or working at home and be able to talk comfortably and in some detail about their current work situations. Once you have identified a potential interviewee, contact that person to determine if they would be willing to participate in an interview. Complete the Recruitment Form for Assignment 2B. The recruitment form will help you explain the interview process to your interview subject. Be sure to describe the purpose of the interview and let the subject know that this activity is part of an AU course assignment. Review the ethical obligations you have as a researcher. First, tell the interviewee that you will guarantee their anonymity, which means that you will not write up the interview in any way that would reveal the interviewee’s name or any personal details that would allow them to be identified. Second, assure the interviewee that you will treat all information they provide as confidential, which means that you will not share this information with family members, friends, or coworkers. Finally, tell the interviewee that they have the right to refuse to answer any question asked. Should the subject then agree to an interview, you can arrange for a time and place that is convenient for them. When you begin the interview, reiterate your promises on these three points.
Complete three copies of the Consent Form for Assignment 2B. Review the content of the form with your interview subject and, if they agree to the interview, have them sign and date all copies. Leave one copy with them, mail the hard copy or email a scanned copy to your tutor (contact your tutor for a mailing address), and keep a copy for your files. Do not conduct the interview until you have a signed consent form. Before the interview, prepare a list of questions that you intend to ask the subject about their work experience. You may want to discuss their work history, how they moved through different jobs, and how they have combined their paid and unpaid work, or you might want to focus on their current work situation by exploring what they do now and how they feel about it. You will need to decide if you want to do a structured interview, in which you prepare 15 to 20 specific questions that you ask in a particular order, or a semistructured interview, in which you prepare 5 to 10 broad questions to which the interviewee can respond at greater length and for which the order is less important. In developing your interview questions, reflect on the assigned readings for Unit 2 and on the current situation of women, LGB people, and/or gender-nonconforming/transgender people working in Canada. You may want to ask questions that touch on the following issues: The interviewee’s education and training Challenges that the interviewee has had in gaining access to postsecondary education of their choice How the interviewee found their current job and how it relates to their past employment The interviewee’s current paid job The interviewee’s reasons for working, and their feeling about their work
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