Remaining objective is often hard for many of us in this world. Originally I thought my research would be heavily impacted by my viewpoint, which is what led me to the inquiry in the first place.
As the interviews have evolved from one subset to another I have discovered an ethnomethodology to be more prevalent in the actual process. Yes, my viewpoint is clear but it is ever changing based on the conversational analysis of how participants/respondents try to make sense of dance and its impact on mental readiness or how dance affects the brain. As interviewees try to determine the difference between two ways to phrase the topic of my inquiry they chat and have allowed me to pursue directions of interviewing I had not thought might be pertinent to my research.
I tend to see the world as a glass or bottle that is half full. Many of the people interviewed have helped me discover that I may actually be more an optimist than I let people see.
As my research delves into some aspects of education and is education the same as teaching and how do these differences or similarities impact the learning abilities of varying adult learners many of the respondents have asked me to let them take a moment to jot down questions I have posed and where those questions take them into topics they would like to explore after the interview.
Reading the dry material in the required and some of the recommended reading for these modules I had developed a fear of how uncooperative the participants might be. At this point in my process I am relieved, surprised, and excited to write that all respondents have said ,"do not hesitate to contact me again if you think of other questions developing from our chats." Every single participant has felt empowered by sharing their thoughts and felt surprised and honored that I would consider their opinions and observations as having any relevancy to any type of research.
I have five more interviews left and am finding I want more.
Who cares if I go over 400 words for this blog? Not me. Discovering positivity in the current climate around the globe is inspiring.
Allowing people to be themselves, feel valued, and contribute suggestions of avenues to follow whether those leads develop into strong themes or not is an easy thing to do. The fact respondents want to feel more a part of something in which they might have been hesitant to participate is mind boggling. Dance is so competitive and very "me" oriented. The aging often feel forgotten. Upon reflection should I have thought giving people within these populations would be so uplifting? I would probably say no.
Surprises. These are exciting and motivating!
I look forward to hearing how everyone else is doing and hope your experiences are even half as fulfilling as mine have been so far.