I was able to talk with Edith Cook on Friday about how to conduct research for my article. It turns out a survey might be difficult with limited amount of time. In order to do a campus wide survey, I would need to get a form of approval. She was very helpful with alternative ideas.
Rather than conduct a survey I will utilize what she called “man on the street interviews,” where I will ask as many students as I can three questions that I have compiled: “What territory does ISIS control?, What do the initials ‘ISIS’ stand for? and Who is the leader of ISIS?” Using these three questions I will compile statistics that show which ones were answered correctly and by how many students. Edith mentioned I could also try to reserve a table outside of Lowe and ask my questions there.
She also suggested that I throw in some control questions to compare my statistics to, an example she used was “what color are Starbucks cups.” I wouldn’t use this one, but it would be interesting to see how many students could answer this question and not questions on ISIS or vice versa.
Aside from the survey, I have an interview with Dr. Fran Leap Monday afternoon. We will be discussing her thoughts on student knowledge of ISIS. I was able to get a hold of Dr. Abdul Mawjoud Dardery, an exiled Egyptian escaping threats made to him by the military regime in that country (not ISIS). I have asked him questions about his knowledge of ISIS as well as his thoughts on media’s coverage of the issue and student education. I emailed him a list of questions, and I am still waiting on his reply. I also have an interview with Dr. Timothy Gabrielli. He has a pretty busy schedule so I agreed to email him questions as well, and I am just waiting on his reply.
I will start writing my article after I start to hear back from the interviews with my sources. I plan on conducting the “survey” on either Monday or Tuesday.
Source: Article Progress 2