This page will continue to evolve in order to present the evolving research protocols and techniques we have used in CEOHP. The training interviews we conducted during workshops allowed potential interviewers to train with the appropriate interview procedures.

These protocols have been developed by two ITiCSE working groups and published in the reports cited at the end of this page. We continue to evolve CEOHP procedures to cover the steps we have followed to fully process each interview and add it to the CEOHP collection.

CEOHP documents

The following documents provided the foundation for CEOHP’s process for collecting an interview.

Topic outline

This list gives the topics we recognized as key issues of interest for these interviews (developed by the 2005 ITiCSE Working Group).

Guidelines for conducting CEOHP interviews

These guidelines were vital as we began to gain experience with the process of conducting and processing interviews.

We planned to expand this section to better reflect the evolving techniques and tools (developed by the 2005 ITiCSE Working Group).

The original probing questions

Based on the topic outline listed above, the 2005 ITiCSE Working Group developed a set of probing questions to use during the semi-structured interviews.

The expectation was that the interview would be allowed to flow, but that the interviewer would use these questions as prompts to ensure that key topics had been covered consistently across all of the interviews.

Updated probing questions

After three years of experience with conducting interviews, the 2008 ITiCSE Working Group modified the probing questions to better reflect actual use.

For example, we realized that the wording of the questions themselves was context-dependent and that a more useful tool would be a list of areas with reminders of key issues in that area.

Working group references

These ITiCSE Working Group reports are the sources for the PDF documents listed above:

ALMSTRUM, V. L., BARKER, L. J., OWENS, B. B., ADAMS, E., ASPRAY, W., DALE, N. B., DANN, W., LAWRENCE, A., AND SCHWARTZMAN, L. 2005. Working Group on Building a Sense of History: Narratives and Pathways of Women Computing Educators. SIGCSE Bulletin inroads, 37(4) (Dec. 2005), 173-189. DOI: 10.1145/1113847.1113895

ALMSTRUM, V. L., APPLIN, E. G., OWENS, B. B., ADAMS, E., BARKER, L. J., IMPAGLIAZZO, J., JOSEPH, P. A., KAHLON, A., LAST, M. Z., LAWRENCE, A., AND YOUNG, A. 2008. Computing educators oral history project: seeking the trends. SIGCSE Bulletin inroads, 40(4). (Nov. 2008), 122-141. DOI: 10.1145/1473195.1473238