Alternate Report 1 for G23

Transcript Analysis of an Information Literacy Dialogue

by Brittany Tenneson

My Transcript is at:

Instructions for this report are at:


General curriculum

The general curriculum for Dr. Leon James’s classes over the past 23 generations is to see just how literate a person is in a certain field. Dr. James asks his students to perform several tasks over the course of roughly five weeks, and then at the end asks each student if they feel that they have learned more about what they have been doing or if they still feel confused.

The idea for these projects is to see what the students information literacy is at the beginning compared to what their literacy may be at the ending of the report and as well each individual task. If you feel that you want a better understanding for what information literacy projects are about please feel free to visit my home page and check out my first report for psychology 409b.


Or if you feel that you may want to take a look at other students reports besides mine here is out generation 23 psychology 409b home page link.

Throughout this paper I will be trying to use the same method that Dr. Leon James used on the students in psychology 409b, and how the class was asked to perform many different tasks, ones in which they were comfortable with, and ones in which they were not as comfortable. I will be using two different subject for this process and as well two different fields of which each person seems to be fairly familiar with. I will follow the outline for this project that Dr. Leon James has prescribed.

Methods of Data Collecting

Through the process of collecting data, I first had to find out who I was going to be able to use. I tried using a child, but she was a little too young to understand what I was doing or what I was asking of her. I then decided to switch and use two adults. The two adults that I was able to use are two of my fellow co-workers that agreed to help me with this report. One is a male and the other a female.

The male is a 28 year old, who I asked to write an email and send it while I asked the questions I felt necessary. The female is a 26 year old, who I asked to show me what she was doing to her pictures on the computer.

I learned that by watching others do tasks like these two on the computer, which it is a lot easier to do the task then it is to explain what is being done. It was hard for the two to tell me in words exactly what they were doing, it was rather easy to watch them then to listen to them explain what they were doing.

  Transcript can be found at:


Methods of data analysis:

I selected my samples and did the transcription on the parts I found to be the easiest to understand. It was rather easy to follow what they were saying as they were showing me on the computer.

The problems that I found in recording my adults, were that they felt nervous knowing that they were being recorded with every thing that they were saying. I was asked many times if there names were going to be used. They felt nervous not knowing that their names may or may not be used. After I assured them that there names would remain private they were more comfortable helping me with this report.

My reaction to listening to the tape was rather informative. I could see what and were in the recording we were. It was as if I was asking them to do the experiment again. I could feel that at the beginning the two people were nervous, but as it went further into the report they got more comfortable with being recorded.


After performing these two interviews, I have a better understanding of what information literacy really means. I was able to determine, that information literacy is the accuracy of being able to explain a task to someone, or describe something to someone and have them be able to follow what you are saying to them step by step, without any confusion.

If a person is able to clearly explain a task to anyone else while they do it, it shows just how literate they really are. For example Dr. Leon James asked us as a class to write down the steps it took to paginate a document. We had to write the steps as if the computer was off and then go into a saved document. He tested us at the beginning of the semester and then again at the end to see if by using the computer as much as we did, if we learned any more steps or got better at what we were doing on a daily basis.

Advice to future generations

For future generations that use this sort of

interview, in the beginning it may seem easy, but do not procrastinate, if you procrastinate you will fall behind and it is hard to get caught back up with the time line of the project. And since it is an alternative report, this means that you are more than likely doing another report at the same time. Don’t fall behind.

I learned that I could improve this by asking more detailed questions, or having the subject show me more difficult tasks that I may not really know about then once they have shown and explained it to me, I could try and see if I would be able to perform the task that they told me about by listening to the tape recording.

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