The Questions

Before starting the interview I read the following consent script

Just before we start, I need to check that you are happy for me to record this interview through Zoom with the intention that I then make that video and/or audio recording available on an open website that can be accessed by the public. If you say anything you would like to then retract, just let me know and I will remove that content from the recording. Are you happy to give consent on that basis?

Then I ask the following non-directive questions. I try not to add too much commentary of my own in order not to guide the responses in any way. It is important that the interviewees get to explore their own thinking. Some like to have the questions in advance and some prefer to respond in the moment. Here are the questions:

  1. Could you introduce yourself and say a little about your current role as an arts educator?
  2. When you are working with learners, what is your goal?
  3. What barriers get in the way of achieving that goal?
  4. What strategies do you use to help you achieve your goal and/or deal with the barriers?
  5. How do you measure your success as an arts educator?
  6. How would you describe the ideal relationship between you and your learner?
  7. What job title are you most comfortable with?
  8. What three values are central to your practice as an arts educator?
  9. If you could have a mentor from any time in history, real or fictional, to support your arts education practice, who would you choose?
  10. If you could ask them one question, what would it be?
  11. How do you think they would answer?
  12. Is there anything else you’d like to say about your arts education practice?