RIPARIAN ZONES 1
Research question:How knowledgeable are my peers about and how itsimpacts water bodies?
Five interview questions: (1) what are riparian zones? (2) How doriparian buffers function? (3) Can one use an Internet soil survey tofigure out if a stream is subject? (4) What kind of uses is allowedaround the riparian zone? (5) Where is the most preferred locationfor buffers in a watershed?
Theinterview was about the riparian zones, and was conducted outside theclass between me as the interviewer and two other peers: Xin Wen andYingchen Zhou. The interview comprised of five questions, as statedabove, each lasting approximately 7 minutes.
RiparianZones’ Reflection Essay
Theinterview questions were meant to generate evidence about my researchquestion by expounding further on the riparian buffers. For instance,by asking the interviewees to define and explain how riparian zonesare and how they work, the questions were intended to expound on thewhole research question. For example, my first interviewee, Xin Wen,defined the riparian zones to be a vegetated area, which borders awater body like a stream, pond, or lake. Here, such interviewquestion was targeted at testing the interviewees` betterunderstanding of the whole topic of the research question.
From the whole interview process, which involved two interviewees,the questions that were asked were successfully answered, and in atimely irrespective of whether it was correctly answered. Theinterviewees also took part in answering the questions regardless ofthe time it took them to comprehend them. In addition, the interviewprocess was more of drawing relevance and building confidence aroundthe interviewees and their ability to understand the topic better. Atsome point, during my second interview, the interviewee (YingchenZhou) was able to enthuse over some of the questions he found hardand challenging. My role as the interviewer was to act the regulator.My role involved keeping time while allowing enough time for all theinterviewee questions to be answered. I was also mandated withobserving non-verbal cues as portrayed by the interviewees todetermine their understanding of the topic.
From theinterview, there are a few but important things, which I took intoconsideration in reference to the whole interview context. Some ofthese things include the comfortability of the interviewees about theaim of the interview, the importance, and their roles as theinterviewees. I ensured the context of the interview involved theinterviewees` characteristics, what the interview was to achieve, andthe time taken to reframe each question. In addition, the interviewcontext emphasized on the wider part of the topic, but I ensured thatthere was the balance between sticking to the research question andtransgressing a little bit.
The interview took a turn that was casual considering intervieweeswere my peers, but in a manner that drew closes the importance ofgetting their responses. The things that didn`t work were time, someof the questions were hard to comprehend, and one of the intervieweestook the whole interview as more casual. What worked was the factthat all the questions were answered. However, I managed to changesome concepts in some questions to allow clarity, while ensuring thelocation of the interview drew its importance.
In one instance during the interview with Xin Wen, I forced some ofthe interview strategies verbal cues to ensure the smoothcontinuation of the interview and more clarity to the researchquestion. When I asked about what the interviewee thought about howthe Internet soil survey was conducted and how the stream was asubject, the interviewer did not understand the question. Here, I wasforced to rephrase it using tonal variation and sound atonement. Inaddition, I was forced to raise my voice, while emphasizing on someof the main words for the better understanding of the researchquestion. In additional, there are other verbal cues like the use ofrepetition. I used repetition to assist the interviewee inunderstanding better the research question.