CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: January 2018
My name is Carly Fischbeck and I am a graduate student conducting my Master’s thesis research in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity (MAISCE) at St. Catherine University. The purpose of my research is to explore the strategies and decision-making processes used by interpreters in K-12 educational settings who work with D/deaf and hard of hearing students who are refugees or immigrants. I am requesting your participation in this study.
I aim to interview interpreters who have worked within different K-12 educational environments and who have had varying experiences. Interpreters in this study must have at least three years of interpreting experience and at least one year of educational interpreting experience. Interpreters in this study must work regularly and frequently (5-10 times per month or more) in K-12 environments. Interpreters must also work with at least one student who has moved to America as a refugee or immigrant within the last five years.
If you agree, we will select a date and time for an interview. Our discussion will take approximately one hour. It is possible that I may contact you at a later date with follow up questions. You will be compensated with a $10 Amazon gift card for your time. I may ask for your permission to use a specific video clip of your interview for educational or research purposes. With the exception of any approved video clips for educational or research purposes, all information shared during this discussion will remain strictly confidential per Institution Review Board approval # 968.
If you are interested in participating, please address the following questions in an email to me at email@example.com :
- What, if any, interpreting certifications or licensures do you hold?
- How many years have you been working as an interpreter? As an educational interpreter?
- How often do you work in educational settings?
- In what kind of educational settings do you work? (ex. Elementary, secondary, mainstream, self-contained, extracurricular activities, etc.)
- Do you work with at least one student who has moved to America as an immigrant or refugee within the last five years?
I will follow up with you via email explaining that you will be contacted within two weeks to find a date and time for participation in this study.
This study has been approved by the St. Catherine University Institutional Review Board # 968. You may contact the IRB office with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-690-6204). My thesis advisor is Dr. Erica Alley, who you may also contact (email@example.com or 651-690-6018).
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
Carly Fischbeck, NIC
Graduate Student in the ASL and Interpreting Department
St. Catherine University