Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Sorry for the delay: I've been on a one day tour yesterday and it was fun!

Finally things are happening. The last week I've been busy mainly with mailing schools and persons who can be interviewed. One school told me they only took requests from former students, so I could cancel that one.  It got me a bit nervous.. the first school I approached said 'no'. Luckily, I found another school in the area that fulfilled all necessary preconditions. A school that indeed wanted to help out! I have had one interview yet, and planned 2. My goal is to speak to four or six employees per school location. 

Another school also want to help out, so I've planned 2 interviews there also. Besides that, it is really time consuming to wait for a reaction, when you don't have a telephone number. Or, when people misread their own appointments and have to change the schedule. 

There is a lot to do actually: I need to type out the interviews I had, and that is really time consuming. I think I can upgrade my notes a bit more than I do now, that will save me time... 

For the research proposal: no reactions yet. I send another mail to the teacher asking him if the mail was sent right. Within 10 minutes I got his reaction that he will look into it soon.. Well, my interview appointments are more fixed than this promise.. I shall see, until then I will be busy with performing my research!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Interview questions

And I'm moving on! Last week I've handed over the research proposal, so hopefully that will be the last thing  you hear about it :) Last week, I've worked very hard on the interview questions, which are ready by now! I'm sending them to my mentor today so he can take a look at it.

The questions for the interviews exist out of general information, student placement (accept students, differences between students and their possible consequences, the transfer from the primary to the secondary education) and student counseling (assistance in their learning process, student tracking, care guidance and education).

This week I will call the schools and plan interviews with empoyees there! The schools I've chosen are schools in the area, which are located in cities and exist of VMBO (the theoretical learning route) Havo, Atheneum and Gymnasium in one. There have been some problems with those locations: there are not many of them: only 6 schools have all those preconditions. So that's why I will visit 6 schools. I will speak to more than one person in a school though, when it is possible.