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Prior to collecting data from each participant, a list of possible questions for each
interview was formulated. The semi-structured interview questions and a rough draft of the
project was presented to a test participant for review. I chose this person as a first-read subject,
because she was also a graduate from the health science center. Use of a first-read subject fits
into the Cole and Knowles' (2001) idea of knowledge-making. This pre-interview testing helped
inform the initial framework of the semi-structured interview. From this first read and
subsequent suggestions, several insights were drawn: First, a framework for data collection
would need to be derived; second, an initial get-to-know you meeting or discussion would need
to be scheduled with each participant to engage his or her help in data collection; and third, the
data collection process would then have to flow based on these meetings and the ensuing
interviews with each participant.
After this first-read test, the semi-structured interview questions were transformed into a
list of topics to expedite an initial framework for data collection. This is consistent with the Cole
and Knowles (2001) approach to interview data collection in life history research, since they
suggest putting together a list of topics as a model for interviewing participants. The list of topics
or influences on Latino students who are successful in graduate education at a health science
center included: 1) family background, 2) cultural background, 3) educational background, and
4) personal perceptions and goals. I derived these influences from previous studies and research
(Adelman, 1999; Allen, 1999; Attiyeh, 1999; Cardoza, 1991; Carnevale & Rose, 2003; Cuidraz
& Pierce, 1994; Daniel, 1997; Enright & Gitomer, 1989; Flores, 1992; Gandara, 1982; Haro et
al., 1994; Hernandez, 2000; Hurtado, 1992 & 1994; Hurtado et al., 1992; Justiz, 1995; Landry,
2002-2003; Loo & Rolison, 1986; Morales, 2000; Nettles, 1990; Nora, 1990; Nora and Cabrera,
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