Interview Protocol


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InterviewProtocol of Final IP

Centralguiding research question

Whiledrafting an interview protocol, it is necessary to analyze thebarriers encountered in target groups’ learning and evaluationprocedures (Whyte,2013).It includes an assessment of the significant opportunities andtechniques to maximize resource and the evaluation of learningsystems, such as motivational factors placed to influence learning,the value attached to the practice and the assessment level of thelearning and teaching procedures. Therefore, in our draft, thethematic query would be: What is the nature of the learning methodsin the target group?

Targetpopulation and sampling plan

Thetarget population in this interview is the computer science studentswho are either in their early or middle phase of learning. Thesegroups are the most interesting to analyze as they would assist theinterviewer to determine the challenges encountered in the initiallearning stages of the discipline. Probability sampling will beapplied to arrive at a representative sample and to minimize thepossibilities of bias. The students will be placed intorepresentative groups of about fifty individuals each.

Estimatedsize of final sample

Inmany instances, while conducting a survey or an interview, it turnsout that the final number of respondents differs from the originalsample size. Some individuals drop out of the survey due to variousreasons such as lack of interest in the interview or personalattitudes and biases (Whyte,2013).Therefore, it is estimated that the final sample size will rangearound thirty individuals per sample group.

Typeof interview with rationale

Today’sworld offers a variety of techniques that can be applied to conductinterviews among individual (Whyte,2013).Some of the possible types of meetings include online discussionsthrough some applications such as Skype and face-to-face interview,which may be individual or group discussion. In this case, the mostefficient type of discussion is the group interviews as they wouldallow the interviewer to identify the common ground or the dominantopinion among the sample population with greater ease. However, thistype of interview offers a challenge because it is hard to controlthe response rate and organization of the interviewees (Whyte,2013).


Inthis interview, we recognize the individuals with helpful informationabout the teaching, learning and evaluation practices. The plan isfocused on the advancement of the education and learning practicesand explaining the roles of different departments and programs in thelearning process. The interview does not aim at evaluating thelearning methods or experiences but on the course of learning and howthe institutional practices influence the effectiveness of thelearning process.


Computerscience is not a strange discipline in the contemporary world. Afterall, it is the subject that informs most of the technologies that weapply and rely on today (Whyte,2013).Efficient learning techniques about the discipline are a goodresponse to arriving at solutions for our near future. Computerscience has grown as a discipline and has seen the development ofmany software and technologies that make life easier and moreefficient.


Theinterview process will be conducted on a one to one basis among thegroups where each member will be allowed to air their opinions. Thediscussions will be captured through handwritten texts, and theelements of each sample group will be awarded random or arbitrarytags to maintain privacy. Participation is voluntary, and one canstop attending the interviews at any time. We hope to arrive atsatisfactory conclusions, and we appreciate in advance thosepreparing to participate in the activity.

Formatand schedule of interview questions

Themeeting schedule will be consisting of three major sections theopening part, the body and the closing section. The opening sectionwill involve establishing a suitable rapport, aim, motivation andtimeframe of each question or activity. The body will contain themain agenda or the content of the issue while the conclusion willinvolve a brief summary and reaction to the queries.


1.What is the value attached to learning in the discipline?

2.Is the learning process smooth or what barriers are encountered inthe teaching and learning process?

3.What level of evaluation is applied to the teaching practices inthe departments?

4.What types of resources are available in the educationinstitutions that can facilitate efficient teaching process?

5.What are the primary motivations for participation in theinstructional development plans in the educational establishments?

Followup questions

1.How have the teaching and learning practices improved in theschool?

2.How frequently are these programs implemented in the school?

3.What types of assessments have proved to be most accurate inensuring an adequate learning process?

4.What are the efficient techniques identified to overcome thebarriers to effective learning?

5.Are there interventions that did not work in the past? What issuesemerged concerning the practices?


Thequestions about learning in the computer science discipline are quiteevident. As the discipline evolves, so should the techniques use inteaching the students. The old learning models no longer functionefficiently as emerging trends and issues demand the adoption ofcontemporary techniques that are often a thorough revision of theprior learning methods and tools (Whyte,2013).This deficiency needs to be resolved for the realization of anefficient learning process.


Inwriting the draft, it is necessary to adopt some neutral prompts forinstance,

1.What is the general opinion in the institution about the currentlearning methods?

2.What are the expectations for future models that will createefficient learning processes?

3.What is the impact of maintaining the present system of educationand what future implications does it have?

Plannedlocation and estimated length of interview process

Themeetings are planned to take about one to two hours where severalquestions will be covered. The central location of the activity willbe in the board meeting rooms or in the theater rooms where there isample space for hosting the number of students.

Recordingand transcription

Theconversations will be audio taped and video recorded when necessary,to facilitate record keeping. The students will sign some releaseforms that will allow only the interviewees to privy the records.After the completion of the activity, the records will be discardedsafely. Some selected individuals will serve the purpose of writingdown the main discussion points that will be used later for analysispurposes.


TheSWOT analysis is a simple model proposed for conducting an adequatecoding process. It would assist to establish the building blocks,challenges, resources and risks involved in the learning process(Whyte,2013).The systematic coding process is desirable for the achievement of aconstant coding process. Repetition of the process and comparison ofthe results obtained would assist in determining the consistency andreliability of the analysis model (Whyte,2013).


Whyte,J. (2013). Beyond the computer: Changing medium from digital tophysical.&nbspInformation and organization,&nbsp23(1),41-57.