I always want to write blog posts after talking with my supervisor. I finished today reviewing the transcripts from the interviews that were conducted with the 12 curriculum support officers in six counties. They. Were. Rrrrrich. I did find some challenges, though–differences in pronunciation, figures of speech, the presence of Kiswahili interjections, fast-talkers, mumblers, screaming children, rainstorms…I’m not sure if I’ll ever understand what some of these interviewees were saying. My supervisor asked me to meet with my transcription assistant (yes…I have been legitimized to the point of having a transcription assistant!) to make sure, essentially, that we heard everything correctly. Despite occasional moments of confusion in listening to the interviews, I still found a great deal of clear, usable information that I think will go a long way informing implementation of ICT for teacher support in Kenya and other similar contexts.
Beyond this, meeting with my supervisor gave me some perspective as well as some next steps for analysis and reporting for the study. I was hoping to print all 100 pages of the transcripts and code them manually (which would also be a learning process for me), but he suggested I use a qualitative analysis program called NVivo, and suggested I could get a student trial for a month. Just enough to get the study done! (But waiiiit…I just learned it’s only for Windows.)
He also asked me for a first draft before I leave the country on Tuesday, including the introduction, literature review, and methodology sections. I think I am going to have to put interview analysis on the back burner, or at least learn about the software during my breaks from doing this writing. I currently have a very general outline for these sections, but will be beefing them up (tofu-ing them up, if you’re vegan) a lot before I depart. #LooseEnds
Also, I have a Peace Corps China buddy visiting today and staying all week, coming from a summer in South Africa in an internship with other students from the Non Profit Management Program at The New School. It’ll be nice to speak 中文 without worrying too much about grammar or tone correction (thanks, though, FG 老师) because everyone here speaks English and we’ll need to utilize crosstalk sometimes when secretly negotiating for souvenirs. I’m taking two days this week off to introduce my friend to Nairobi, then I’ll set her off on her own for Thursday and Friday to explore and report back while I focus on 9-5 internship deliverables. I am thinking tomorrow and Wednesday will include glimmering hints of diligent report production, but overall will be reunion days. However, you can count on me being focused and productive for the following three days in the office (unless, um, I dunno…someone throws me a goodbye party…).
I’ve been granted Tuesday off even though my flight leaves at midnight. I am already supremely excited to get back to Philly and to explore a second year of opportunities for learning, work, and community. The day after I get back we’re going on a Rodin training/staff retreat at Liberty Mountain…Resort…and I’ve signed up to drive one of the vans. Country roads, remind me how to operate a moving motor vehicle. =]