BOARDING HOME PROGRAM PARENT
AND STUDENT INTERVIEW FORMS
BOARDING HOME PROGRAM PARENT INTERVIEW
I. Information which should be available from
- Members of household
- Prior participation in BHP
- Type of individual wanted as student
- Sleeping arrangements
- Family interests and hobbies
II. Introductory questions Family Background
- How long have you lived in this community? Have you had a
chance to see any of the rural areas (does parent have
knowledge of Native culture)?
- How did you hear about BHP? How did you decide to take a
student? (Attempt to find out motivation economic,
civic duty, interest, mixed.)
III. Parents' Explanation of Transfer or Termination
- Why did student decide to leave?
- Did you have any advance warning that student was
IV. Problems in Boarding Home Parental
Demands for Normative Behavior and Response to Deviations
- What problems did student have in the family situation?
- How did he affect any other children?
- Were there initial adjustment problems?
- What rules did you have for student? What help around the
house did you ask of him?
- Did he break the rules frequently? How did you handle the
V. Problems in School and Community
- What problems did student have in school?
- How much homework did he do on the average?
- Did he participate in any extracurricular activities?
- Did he have any teachers or subjects that were his
favorites or that he intensely disliked?
- Did student have any problems in community (pick-up by
soldiers, contacts with police)?
VI. Parents' Analysis of Peer and Relative
- Did student have many friends in this community? Were
they BHP students or others? Did his friends influence
his decision to transfer or terminate?
- Did student have relatives in the community? Did they
influence his decision to transfer or terminate?
VII. Relationship between BHP Parents and Village
- Did you have much contact with students' parents in
village? (Explore writing, visiting, discussing students'
- What did students' parents think of his decision to
transfer or terminate?
VIII. Parents' Analysis of Students' Goals
- Why did student enter the BHP?
- What does he want to do later on? Where does he want to
live? Did you talk to him about his future plans?
IX. Concluding Recommendations
- What would you recommend to improve the BHP?
- Do you think you will want to take a student next year?
What type of student would you request?
- Is there anyone else whom we could talk to that would
help us understand reason for students' leaving?
BOARDING HOME PROGRAM STUDENT INTERVIEW
This interview guide contains the areas on which it is
important to obtain boarding home students' opinions. The
specific questions are merely examples. Ask any questions you
like in whatever order is most comfortable for you. The important
thing is to find out what was bothering the boarding home student
in his former home and why he wanted to leave the home and the
I. Student's Explanation of Transfer or Termination
- When did you decide to leave the (home, program)? Could
you describe exactly what happened?
- Why did you decide to leave the (home, program)? Explore
the student's reasons. (If he didn't like the way the
parents treated him, for example, try to find out exactly
what they said or did that made him feel bad.)
II. Problems in Boarding Home Family, School, and
- What problems did you face in school? What didn't you
like about school?
- Did you meet prejudice against Natives from people in the
city? Who? What did you do?
- What didn't you like about the boarding home family? How
much work did they ask you to do? What rules did they
(Some of these subjects may have been covered under the
section dealing with the student's explanation of his
III. Opinion of New Boarding Home and School
(If he is a transfer student, he may have a new boarding
home family and he may be going to a new school. Find out how
this family is different from the other one and whether he
likes it better.)
- How do you like this boarding home?
- What do they do that is different from your other
- How do you like this school compared to the one you were
going to before?
- Who are your friends here? Which of these are BHP
- Do you see your friends as much as you want to? Why not?
- Do you have relatives here in town? How often do you see
V. Family Pressures and Attractiveness of Village
- How do you like it in home village?
- Have you received letters or messages from your parents
while you were here? What do your parents think about
VI. Personal Goals and Plans for Future
- What do you want to do later on (jobs, education)?
- Where do you want to live? Why?
- When did you first decide to go to high school? Did you
attend orientation program?
VII. Concluding Recommendations
- Looking back, what would you do to make your situation
Looking back, what was good about your situation?
- What could be done to improve the program for other