Intervjuer går traditionellt sett till så att en journalist eller forskare träffar någon som har erfarenheter som journalisten eller forskaren är intresserad av och ställer frågor till honom eller henne. Men i dag sker många intervjuer skriftligt.
James Maverick från Stockingblue och the Awl har bett oss delta i en sådan skriftlig intervju. När man ska ta ställning till om man vill delta i en intervju kan det vara bra att börja med ta reda på var intervjun ska publiceras och se om man tycker att tidskriften, tidningen eller webbplatsen är ok att förknippas med. För att delta behöver man inte stå för exakt samma åsikter som de som skriver där, men det är så klart viktigt att inte tidskriften, tidningen eller webbplatsen står för värderingar som du inte alls vill förknippas med, t ex rasism, fundamentalism av något slag eller antidemokratiska värderingar.
Here is the first batch of questions that will allow me to get a background of your school:
1. Where in Sweden is your school located?
2. Is this an urban, suburban, or rural area? What is the population?
3. How many students does the school have?
4. What grades does the school include? From age 15-18?
5. Are all schools in the country expected to have the same curriculum?
6. Do all students take the same courses?
7. What is the typical class size?
The following questions are because we are trying to do a comparison between US and Sweden/Scandinavia and would like to get ideas about how to improve things here in the US:
8. How many of your students’ households own guns?
9. Are these for hunting purposes?
10. How many of your students know other kids that own guns?
11. Are fights between students frequent in your school?
12. Have you ever seen students use weapons in fights?
13. Are there students that are picked on constantly?
14. Is bullying common and what do teachers or the school do to stop it?
15. How do the students feel about the way they interact with each other?
16. Are there any suggestions they have that would make their experience in school better?
17. After the Norway shooting in 2011, did people/schools in Sweden change at all?
18. What are your students’ perceptions of American schools?
19. Have you taught or been a student in schools in other countries? If so, how are things different from Sweden?
Based on your answers, I might ask followup questions, and like I said before, you will have final approval over anything we publish. If you do not like the article we do not publish it.
If you do not mind, I would like to tack on a couple more questions at this point:
20. In the blog post you linked to me earlier (cwasteson.blogspot.se/2013/01/hur-kan-vi-hjalpa-vara-elever-med-deras.html) you write about techniques on dealing with shyness or stage fright. I have been to several countries and noticed that this is pretty universal. How far do you think we are from figuring out ideal solutions for such everyday problems?
21. I cannot find anything of Hans Gunnarsson in English. Is he really well known in Sweden?
22. Some people argue that technology has made youth more shy (as they spend endless hours alone in front of a computer), yet Gunnarsson suggests using technology to break stage fright. What are your thoughts on the effects of technology?
23. Does the Swedish school system compare and contrast educational systems throughout the world?
24. Have you seen a shift in the number of years you have been teaching towards more introverts or more extroverts appearing in your classes? In other words, has shyness increased or decreased over the years.
25. Many countries have very different educational systems. How important is college in Sweden?
26. Does the Swedish school system emphasize grades or learning?
27. Is rote memorization emphasized over free thinking?
28. How much leeway do teachers have in creating their course material?
29. How do young Swedes feel about school?
30. How do older Swedes feel about education?
Slutligen kommer här lite info om bloggarna som James Maverick jobbar med:
Both sites are more focused towards writing. Political issues are either covered in a witty way or tend to take a center left perspective. I am using center left because I suppose that is the international term and quite frankly I am not that knowledgeable on Swedish politics.
I offered up the Awl because they are one of New York City’s most well known literary blogs. If we cannot get it on the Awl, then I would publish it on Stocking Blue which is a very new site at just over several months now.
Just so you feel comfortable with this, I do not plan on politicizing the article. I was hoping to just point out differences between Swedish (and I suppose Scandinavian) culture and American culture. I was going to focus on differences in education, how schools deal with traumatic events, and how students interact with one another on a daily basis. I know some of these are easy to politicize, but we are firm believers in objective writing.
As an additional barrier to writing something you are not comfortable with, the article will be sent to you to review, and will only be published if you are fine with the content, otherwise we will not publish it. So we can go through the whole experience of the interview and not have an article if you do not want it published.