Week 3 and 6: Interview a Professional in the Field.
Please review the directions for this 2 part assignment carefully. It is IMPERATIVE that you read the syllabus concerning this assignment.
Assignment 2 is due Week 3
This assignment directly relates to the professional interview in Assignment 4, which is due in Week 6.
The student will develop a set of questions to be asked during an in-depth interview of a professional in the field of child and/or family development. Your questions must be an appropriate number of quality questions that are in-depth. It is unlikely that you can do this in fewer than 10 – 15 questions. This assignment focuses on interviewing a professional whose primary responsibility is directly related to child or family development, not someone who works primarily with children (for example, a schoolteacher would NOT be appropriate for this interview). Also, your interviewee cannot be a family member or close friend. You must name the interviewee and give his/her job title and company.
The questions should inquire about the interviewee’s job responsibilities, academic preparation for entry into the field including course work and practical hands-on training, on-the-job training and experience, satisfaction with the job and work environment, and recommendations to anyone considering entering the field. It may also be valuable to have a “day in the life” question.
These questions will be submitted to the instructor for approval prior to the end of week 3.
Part II due Week 6
Conduct your interview. Interviews may be conducted on site (for this the student must send to the potential interviewee a respectful and professional inquiry about the possibility of an interview) or on the phone. Online asynchronous (e.g. e-mail) or synchronous (e.g. IM or Chat) interviews are not acceptable for this assignment. A brief letter of documentation from the interviewee indicating that the interview was conducted over the phone or in-person must be submitted via e-mail to your instructor. This email should be sent directly by the interviewee and not forwarded by the student.
Upon completion of your interview, write a paper that includes each interview question along with a summary of the professional’s answers. You should also include a two or three paragraph conclusion describing what you learned during the interview. Your final interview should be between 5-7 pages in length. Remember, this is an in-depth interview, not a series of brief questions.
This assignment is due by 11:55 PM EST on Sunday of week 6. As with other written assignments, all work must be in compliance with university academic standards and formatting rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) – 6th Edition.
NOTE: This assignment will not be accepted for grading without the interviewee verification documentation. Please send this documentation to both your instructor’s Message section of the classroom and copied to the regular APUS e-mail account.