of material already collected. Because of confidentiality, I did not include the interview
matrix in the Appendix.
The Participant Consent Form
In November 2009, my adviser sent me some rough preliminary forms as an idea of how to
adapt a permission form. The preliminary permission consent form was completed in
November 2009 and revised in June 2010 before heading to interview the project
participants starting in July 2010. The consent forms were sent in advance of the summer
2010 interviews along with a companion email so they knew what to expect and could ask
questions beforehand. The following excerpts from the participant consent form stress the
collaborative nature of the project, the fact that the participants can leave the project at any
time, the length of the interview, and the can use their own name or they can choose a
fictitious one if desired:
The Taos/Tilburg doctoral program, applying Social Constructionist theory and
Appreciative Inquiry practices, examines how dialogue positively transforms
individual, organizational and collective realities to create meaning. These
collaborative inquiry practices are incorporated in the research process. As a
participant, you are invited to be part of the conversation. This performance
research methodology of mutual discovery is intended to benefit both the
investigator and participant.
In our hectic lives, we often do not get to reflect on our relationship with work. We
are here to jointly study the topic and share thoughts on our freelance experiences.
Before our first interview, we will briefly discuss a critical issue that concerns you as
a media freelancer and/or someone associated with contract workers. Relevant
questions pertinent to your area of interest will be developed for the first
conversation and sent via email. The interview, anywhere from 1½ to 2 hours, will
be conducted in person. The conversation will be personalized and varied in an
effort to gather multiple perspectives. If a follow-up call is needed to clarify or
expand a topic, the conversation (via Skype or phone) will be arranged with your
permission and prior consent.
Throughout this project, and with your permission, I will discreetly make an audio
recording of some of our conversations in order to have a record of our discussion.
The recordings will be considered part of data for this project. At any time during
our conversation, you can ask to turn off the audio recording by saying this is “off