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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ethics Committee Sign Off!!

My methodology and interview strategy for my study have been accepted. I am now free to begin interviews. I am so excited to roll up my sleeves and get down to work. It was very hard to get my head around how to write a consent form that wouldn't seem too legalistic or creepy. I spent an entire day just writing my consent form, agonizing over every word. Once I got past that part of it things seemed to flow better. I wrote out the entire process for the interviews and the theories behind why I wanted them that way. Then I had my wonderful husband who acts as my editor read it. He turned to me and said, great honey, but what about the analysis phase. I said... but I did write something it's that sentence right there. I went back looked through it and all of a sudden realized that this was the place I needed to put all the postmodern theory stuff I had just written about in a previous paper. I had completely forgotten to use the academic part of my description as if somehow it was a given, or maybe I was saving it for a special occasion. Once I put the Foucault in the whole thing read like a real methodology... good thing my editor made me look at it again.

I have a really great list of interview subjects thus far but am still looking for more lefties. Anyone out there with radical parents who wish to contribute to my study, please contact me!

Now to start scheduling my interviews! Yeah!

Monday, February 1, 2010

In The Beginning There Were So Many Parts

It's very intense to be at the beginning of such a large project, trying to figure out which bit to do when, since everything has yet to be done. It's like there are all these objects trying to fit through a pipe and right now they are all trying to cram into the opening at the same time.

I know that in a few weeks I will have gotten a handle on what I'm doing and will create a rhythm for how each piece fits and what to do when, but right now it is very overwhelming and I feel like I'm in suspended animation as all the pieces crowd in on me.

I am formulating my committee, structuring the questions for my study, reading books for background theory, editing the website, connecting with interviewees, gathering information about technologies for writing and recording, finding childcare for the kids, and formulating ideas for my proposal, all at the same time. It's invigorating and terrifying.