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Capturing Sense-Made School Practice. The Activities of the Interviewer.

Journal article
Authors Ulf Blossing
Pål Roland
Randi M Sølvik
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume 63
Issue 7
Pages 1007-1021
ISSN 0031-3831
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Pages 1007-1021
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.20...
Keywords Research methods; interview; school practice; sensemaking
Subject categories Pedagogy

Abstract

The aim of this article is to discuss how to interview to investigate the practice of school organizations. The research question is: What are the activities the interviewer uses to capture improvement practices in school organizations? We apply a self-assessment method to examine two former projects. We argue that a practice lens is required and, thus, the analytical questions we ask ourselves are derived from practice theory and sense-making. The activities the interviewer uses to capture improvement practice in school organizations are expressed in four categories: (1) interview questions, (2) tools, (3) samplings, and (4) interview groupings. We found it difficult to address the critical role of body and material things and to pay attention to the importance of power and politics. An overall reflection is that the textual aspects tended to dominate in the interview, whereas the bodily and material aspects of practice seemed more elusive.

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