THE SPIRIT OF WONDER

Community connections through storytelling; sharing of self-reflection, and personal narrative.

 

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Protocol for an individual student or larger student groups contributing to The Spirit of Wonder project.
 
 

We seek to collect stories about people’s developmental journeys from around the world. Our main audience is anyone who has pursued a life goal or a professional goal. Through storytelling, participants share about this experience and reflect on how it is influenced by the context in which they live; their country, culture, or community. Likewise, participants reflect on the internal factors which affect their journeys as they pursue their goals.

 

 

This protocol is for small students or a group of students affiliated with an educational institution who are ready to conduct interviews with each other and/or are ready to submit a self-recorded video, audio, or written interview. The deliverable of this protocol is a series of interviews and an analysis of the patterns which emerge from the group of interviews. Below you will see 2 versions of the protocol, Protocol for Small Groups and and Protocol for self-recording individuals. 

 

Protocol for Small Groups:
 

Who:

 

20 students from ages 16 - 35 interested in all or some of the following aspects of The Spirit of Wonder Project: participating in an international comparative study, learning to conduct interviews, learning to be interviewed, conducting qualitative research in sociology and/or psychology, engaging in a self-reflection exercise.

 

What:

 

The Spirit of Wonder is a community storytelling project which seeks to better understand the life trajectories of people in different countries by providing a platform to share and reflect.

 

When:

 

September - October: Interviews should be collected during the month of September -  October and compiled by the team by Oct. 31.

 

October - November: Interviews will be compiled by the participants.  

 

November-December: Participants will be invited to view all of the submitted interviews. Participants will reflect on what they notice as common threads across all interviews as well as in their own interview. Participants will be asked to submit a written or audio reflection on what they noticed. The team will compile all reflections and present them in a publication.

 

January: The team will identify a target audience for the release of the publication based on the findings.

 

See more details in the Interview Protocol Below.

 

Where: 

 

Instituto de Línguas, Universidade Estadual de Alagoas, Brazil and BU, Boston

 

Why:

 

We want to know the stories that shape our lives and our communities. We wonder if the stories we hear might change the way we see the world.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder is a community storytelling project which seeks to better understand the life stories of people in different countries.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder team seeks to learn about the experiences that influence people’s life journeys and how those experiences affected personal and social change.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder intends to highlight the personal and professional aspirations of people along their developmental journey.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder seeks to collect the experiences of the people in a community & help promote change in the world one story at a time.

 

How:

 

By collecting stories in audio, video, or written format we seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the common developmental challenges that arise as storytellers choose and pursue their personal life goals and professional aspirations?

  • What impact does the economic and political environment have on the design and accomplishment of life goals?

  • How have the storytellers’ experiences influenced their life journeys and how have those experiences affected personal growth and/or change in their community?

  • What differences occur between cultures represented in the study?

 

Interview Protocol:

 

step 1: Record and upload the videos of the interviews  

 

step 2: Once all videos have been collected watch all of them (or read the written interviews, or listen to the audio interviews)

 

step 3 - As you watch the videos, read the text, or listen to audio files in the folder, look for common themes which you might start to notice (see note on Common Theme Example)

 

step 4 - record your thoughts in 2-3 paragraphs, audio, or video file, compare with the themes of each individual in the group.

 

step 5 - write a collective reflection on the themes which the entire group notices.  

 

See strategies for Conducting qualitative research here: https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/files/sociology/files/interview_strategies.pdf

 

Common Theme Example: According to all interviews, a common thread for last year university students is a worry about finding employment. In their storytelling, students present some ideas on their worries about finding work. One common worry across all interviews is gaining practical experience. To present tthese finding students will bring together their peers, employers, professors, chambers of commerce.

Self Recording Protocol
 

Who:

 

20 students from ages 16 - 35  interested in all or some of the following aspects of The Spirit of Wonder Project: engaging in self-discovery through self-reflection, written and oral presentation, video-recording or audio-recording, participating in an international comparative study.

 

What:

 

The Spirit of Wonder is a community storytelling project which seeks to better understand the life trajectories of people in different countries by providing a platform to share and reflect.

When:

 

September - October: Self-recordings (video, audio, or written) should be collected during the month of September-October and submitted to the BU research team by Oct.31.

 

October - November: All interviews will be submitted to the BU team. The BU team will compile the interviews.

 

December: Participants will be invited to view a folder containing all submitted and compiled videos by all individual participants.

 

Participants will be asked to view all the interviews and to reflect on what they notice as common threads with their own interview.

 

Participants will be asked to submit a written or audio reflection on what they noticed.

 

January: The BU team will compile reflections and present them in a publication.

 

February: Participants will be invited to organize a release of the publication at their university.

 

See more details in the Interview Protocol Below.

 

Where:

 

At a school, university or community centre. 
 

Why:

 

We want to know the stories that shape our lives and our communities. We wonder if the stories we hear might change the way we see the world.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder is a community storytelling project which seeks to better understand the life stories of people in different countries.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder team seeks to learn about the experiences that influence people’s life journeys and how those experiences affected personal and social change.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder intends to highlight the personal and professional aspirations of people along their developmental journey.

 

  1. The Spirit of Wonder seeks to collect the experiences of the people in a community & help promote change in the world one story at a time.

 

How:

 

By collecting stories in audio, video, or written format we seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the common developmental challenges that arise as storytellers choose and pursue their personal life goals and professional aspirations?

  • What impact does the economic and political environment have on the design and accomplishment of life goals?

  • How have the storytellers’ experiences influenced their life journeys and how have those experiences affected personal growth and/or change in their community?

  • What differences occur between cultures represented in the study?

 

Self-recording protocol:

 

step 1: Record and upload your video self-interview

 

step 2: Once all videos have been collected you will be notified to view all videos

 

step 3 - As you watch the videos, read the text, or listen to audio files in the folder, look for common themes which you might start to notice (see note on Common Theme Example)

 

step 4 - record your thoughts in 2-3 paragraphs, audio, or video file

 

step 5 - upload your reflection to the reflection folder which the BU team will provide.

 

See strategies for Conducting qualitative research here: https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/files/sociology/files/interview_strategies.pdf

 

Common Theme Example: According to all interviews, a common thread for last year university students is a worry about finding employment. In their storytelling, students present some ideas on their worries about finding work. One common worry across all interviews is gaining practical experience. To present these finding students will bring together their peers, employers, professors, chambers of commerce.