Stone Soup Documents For Interview Assignments

The Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project encourages faculty to assign students to collect qualitative data about actual dispute resolution practice.  This post includes documents to help you plan these assignments, including documents that you can provide to students.  Faculty are welcome to use or adapt these materials to fit your instructional goals and circumstances.

Guidance for Faculty in Developing Stone Soup Course Assignments.  This provides an overview of the project, provides advice about planning Stone Soup assignments, discusses whether you need approval from the institutional review board at your school, and gives advice about dealing with IRBs.  At this stage of the Stone Soup project, most faculty probably will use the assignment solely for teaching.  If you plan to use the assignment only for teaching and not for research, presumably you should not need to have your IRB review your assignment, though you should confirm this with your IRB.

Model Interview Assignment.  This gives instructions for writing papers.  This illustrates an assignment for students to conduct interviews about a negotiation, but you can adapt it for other assignments.

Guidance for Students in Conducting and Summarizing Interviews.  This gives advice about effectively conducting interviews and taking notes.  These techniques are similar to those used by lawyers and other professionals.

Model Invitation for Interview.  This is a model request for an interview and includes information for subjects to provide informed consent.  Even if your assignment does not require IRB approval, it is good practice to follow a procedure like this.

Professional Ethics Rules Regarding Confidentiality of Interviews.  This document includes provisions from ethical rules permitting lawyers, mediators, and arbitrators to disclose information about their cases as long as the information provided could not reasonably lead to identification of the parties.

Sample Papers.  This post collects sample papers from Negotiation, Trusts & Estates, and Evidence courses.

Plan to Use a Stone Soup Assignment Next Year.   If you plan to use a Stone Soup assignment or activity next year, please email John Lande identifying the course(s) and semester(s) you will use it in.


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