Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Draft of Class Master Syllabus

This is a draft of the proposed master syllabus for the class that will accompany our service learning trip. It gives you a good idea of what to expect:

Catalog Description: This course will incorporate a service learning field experience to Slidell, Louisiana and instructor guidance in learning and performing qualitative field research during that experience.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s ): Instructor permission and participation in the service learning field experience to Slidell, Louisiana which will be conducted from 18 May 2008 until 23 May 2008.

Text(s): Seidman, Irving (2006), Interview as qualitative research: a guide for researchers in education and the social sciences, Teachers College Press; 3red edition. ISBN 10: 0807746665

Course Objectives: • To explore the styles and methodologies of qualitative interviewing.
• To apply qualitative methodologies in an actual field experience.
• To understand the ethical and legal guidelines for performing interviews.
• To experience an actual qualitative research project.
• To work cooperatively with the research team and assigned partner.
• To produce an actual artifact of qualitative research in the form of a recorded (videotaped) interview.

Measurable Learning
• Successfully complete the service learning project trip to Slidell, Louisiana.
• Complete one videotaped interview as the interviewer.
• Complete one videotaped interview as the videographer/equipment operator.
• Describe the commonly used styles and methodologies of qualitative interviewing.
• Define and follow the ethical and legal guidelines for interviewing participants including human subjects safeguards.
• Participate in the analysis of the data including the identification of thematic connections.
• Explain the comparative strengths and weakness of qualitative research and quantitative research.
• Document the experience in a formal written paper.

Topical Outline (major areas of coverage): Note: This class will emphasize writing in the APA format and students are expected to improve their research and writing skills.

• Overview of human services response to natural disaster.
• Overview of the role of key agencies to natural disaster in the United States.
• Hurricane Katrina – impact and ongoing issues with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.
• Focus on Slidell, Louisiana and its recovery efforts.
• Focus on New Orleans, Louisiana and its recovery efforts with an emphasis on the 9th Ward.
• The purpose of interviewing in qualitative research.
• Structure for in-depth, phenomenological interviewing.
• Proposing research.
• Establishing access to participants, making contacts, and selecting participants.
• Human Subjects, institutional review, and informed consent.
• Technique and listening skills.
• Structured and non-structured techniques.
• Analyzing, interpreting, and sharing interview material
• Basics of vidiography and mini digital video medium.
• Basics of sound engineering and editing.
• Story boarding.
• Basic introduction to documentary film making.

Important Links

The following links are a start on exploring hurricane Katrina and the community of Slidell, LA:

Hurricane Katrina

List of links about Hurricane Katrina

CNN Hurricane Katrina News

Pictures of damage in Slidell from Hurricane Katrina

City of Slidell

Local weather at Slidell

St. Tammany Parish News - News Banner (Newspaper)

What is this all about?

From May 18th -23 May the Human Services program at Columbia College will be sponsoring a trip for students to Slidell, Louisiana. Once there we will begin work on volunteering to help rebuild the community and working on a documentary of Slidell. We will also be making a side-trip to New Orleans.

This site is for parents, administrators, participants, and fellow travelers to keep informed of what is going on with this trip.