Methods Practice Assignments

Interview #1

1) Tell me about your life: I was born in Provo and then my family moved to San Diego. While we were there my parents got a divorce and my mom remarried. When I got older I got my associates at BYUI, served a mission and got a degree in elementary education.
-What do you like about elementary education? I love making a connection with children and being able to help them understand something they normally wouldn’t understand. There are other aspects of the job I don’ t like, for example No child left behind.

2) What is important to you? Gospel, family/friends, education—both formal and informal; the desire to learn has helped me.

3) What do you view as your role as a woman in society? My role has been shaped by the gospel. In this phase of my life I am in the work force. But in general a women’s role is a nurturer, leader, loving instrument in God’s hands, wife/mother, supposed to stand for truth. I still try to do all those things, but my primary role right now is in the work force.

5) What do you view as a male’s role in society? Not as nurturing, more of a provider (no matter what society you are in). A protector.

6) Who are you close to in your family-My mom. She is always there for me, doesn’t judge me, she always has the perfect thing to say.

7) What do you do on a daily basis? School, work , homework, night activities, fun on the weekends. Try to run 3-4 times a week (after a pause). Typical lifestyle

8) What do you like to study? Organizational behavior, leadership, cook, health care related issues, families—problems that families are facing.
-Why do you like learning about these things? To be well informed, a better person, to know what’s happening. I subscribe to a newsfeed to try to learn more. I think that these things help you be a better person.

9) Is health important to you? Yes, though it should be more important

10) What does it mean to be healthy? It has several components: physical and emotional; you must attend all of them to be healthy, one is not more important to the other. I am passionate about mental illnesses because my brother has one, so that has affected my view on those illnesses.
-I want to learn more about it to help others know about the disease and to help me know more information
-There is a Stigma to mental health related issues, and it affects treatment and how people do/do not get help.
11) What is HIV? It’s a virus that becomes AIDS

12) How is it spread? Sex, bodily fluids-not saliva-blood; Is this right?

13) Is there a cure? No cure but they can contain it. If you’re on medication you can prevent passing from mother to child.

14) What prevents HIV? Condoms, knowing the history of sex your partners….I can’t think of anything else….what else? Is this right?

15) What is aspergers? It’s similar to mild autism…I know because my brother is autistic

16) How is it spread? They don’t know

17) Is there a cure? No…but I would be curious to find the answers to these questions

18) Do you know where you can get more info on these topics? Internet resources
-What specific resources could you use? The Internet: Nomni website, CDC, Healthy people 2010, etc. There’s a lot more, I just can’t think of them.
-What other resources could you use if you didn’t have the internet?
- The Health Department
-The University has many resources I’m sure.

19) What can be done to help people learn more about disease prevention? Schools are a great avenue, they can give materials to the parents, target different populations, hone in on “what’s cool”. Policy could also be used to bring about changes.

Practice #2
I wrote up the following notes while doing a participant observation at my internship for the following couple days:

-Only one other person is at the office. A sign is visible at the front desk saying that everyone is at "team time"
-After 45 minutes more workers return to the office
-they great each other with comments such as "you look great", and "how are you". Each interaction is about 30 seconds then they continue in the direction they were going in. *They seem excited to see one another
-There are multiple rooms in the main area. Each room at 1 person in them, and some doors are open, others are closed. However, people often move from one room to the other to converse with each other.
-In the middle of the main area are cubicles that have computers and a desk. Generally these areas are shared by 2 people.

While going to a meeting:
-4 tables are set up in the form of a square in the middle of teh room with chairs around it.
-There is another table to the right of the main entrance with food on it. Women come in, take the food and sit down.
-3 women noticed I was new and asked who I was
-An agenda was printed out and followed.
-Everyone sitting around the 4 tables took turns talking about what organization they were with, asked for opinions, etc.
-There were women dressed in pants, formal shirts, jewerly, some were in jeans and regular shoes.
-During the gathering, everyone ate the food that was provided: Baked potato chips, turkey sandwhich on wheat bread, cookie, cup of fruit.
-someone in the group asked if anyone else wanted their cookie, no one replied.