Research is frustrating! So far I’ve had five students volunteer to be interviewed for my study. I’m observing classes and this is good, and I thought “five is better than none!” Then things started to happen. The first participant couldn’t make her interview time which was fine, but she didn’t reschedule either. That mean that yesterday was my first official interview with a participant and it actually went well and rather quickly. I am supposed to observe today and interview two participants, but I just got an email from one of my two participants saying that she’d like to withdraw her consent to participant in interviews – though she did say that I could still use her portfolio (which I guess is good). I think the other participant I’m interviewing today will still participate, and I do have another interview tomorrow. Regardless, I am frustrated and surprised by the number (or lack there of) of participants.
And in other news, I can’t stop thinking about my research. I tried to sleep an extra 30 minutes this morning because I was exhausted and then couldn’t fall back asleep because I was thinking about my research. Perhaps this is normal but I like sleeping and don’t really like having racing thoughts.
Deep breath. Must compose myself before I head off to observe.