Another week has gone by and here I am just a little bit deeper into my data collection. I wanted to just highlight a few milestones I’ve passed:
– yesterday I conducted my 50th interview [not all with alums, some have been with staff and past staff of both organizations]. When I think of how long [how short?] I’ve been here, 50 seems like an awful lot. Now it’s time to sit back, interview a bit less, focus on what I’ve already collected and think about how to focus the rest of my interviews [both in terms of content and in terms of who I interview].
– this afternoon I FINALLY received permission from the Ministry of Education to conduct my observations. Of course, the powers that be must have the last laugh: no sooner had I read the email stating that I can move forward with my observations than I received yet another email – this time from the director of the organization in question, stating that all activities are on temporary hold until some financial issues are resolved. So, I have permission, but currently have nothing to observe.
Ah well. At this point at least I know I can move forward once group activities resume…