An Interview with Franny

In my mini-focus group, I interviewed Franny Johns, a current student in the BCM210 course to see how she would respond to a variety of questions.
Me: Okay Franny, we’ll start with a little bit of information about yourself, please state your name, course, age and sex.
Franny: Alrighty, well my name is Franny Johns and I’m 19 years old. I’m studying a double degree of Media and communications and International Studies and I’m a female.
Me: What is your level of scientific education?
Franny: I stopped science in year ten
Me: And how informed do you feel about science in today’s society?
Franny: I feel a bit lost when it comes to all the information about science but I try to keep up as well as I can
Me: Do you follow any science related Facebook pages? How much do you interact with them?
Franny: I follow “I f**king love science”, which comes up on my feed sometimes with some pretty interesting articles and videos which are pretty easy to understand even though I don’t study science. There’s also a lot of facebook pictures that come up because friends like different science related posts, although some of them go straight over my head.
Me: Do you think these posts increase your enthusiasm for science?
Franny: I think without them coming up on my feed I wouldn’t have anywhere near as good of an idea about science, I don’t see it much in the news and most of the stuff that comes up is pretty interesting.
Whilst the interview was only a short sample of a full length focus group, it worked as an interesting insight into some of the results we can expect from it. For the focus group we need to phrase the questions in ways that will generate more conversation and discussion within the participants, possibly by making them cross examine both their own and others answers.
We may also benefit from making them compare how much they think they know about science, by giving them a point of reference and contrast about the sheer amount of research out there, and the amount the average college student is aware of, versus the average amount that a professor in an scientific discipline and other such comparisons.
From this we hope to find out how informed media students are with science, and if/why they think this is important.


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