Listed below are the questions that we asked in our ethnographic study of college students studying different subject matter and disciplines. Our method was to ask students when they were in a quiet setting to fill out the questions on a notebook and written. We also asked students/ friends when we were just hanging out. In that setting, they were able to ask us about our questions and talk about their answers. Hearing their verbal explanation combined with what they wrote on the paper was the best way to survey. Although we knew their personalities previously, the way people answer a question verbally and written is different. There is no time for the thought process inbetween thinking and writing where they can just blurt out the initial thought. Also, I liked having the ability to discuss the survey because we were able to get a sense of their thoughts towards literacy and their analysis of their own answers.
Reading Across Disciplines
Kajsa and Olivia
Male or Female
Year in College:
Do you consider yourself someone who “likes” to read?
How often do you read?
Are you currently reading for school or leisure?
How would you describe your current surrounding area in which you are reading?
What are you reading?
Do you think that your particular major or discipline effects what you choose to read?
Does your discipline/major effect how you read?
What would you say that you read the most on a regular basis? How would you describe it?
Does it take you a long time to read or do you read for short periods of time?
If you were to read a magazine, off the top of your head, which would you pick up first?
Why are you drawn to it? The cover? The genre of magazine? The topics inside?
Does the same go for a book you would read?
How often do you write?
How often do you write for your major/discipline? What type of writing do you do?
What do you believe is the most important asset that demonstrates literacy? Reading or Writing? (feel free to suggest others as well)