For the Ethnography assignment, students will develop journal entries in which they will (1) observe a specific cultural community; (2) produce and reflect on collected notes that consider how the community functions within varied digital spaces; and, (3) determine patterns which yield topics for further secondary research.
In the boxes below, you will find videos and text that will explore conducting field work and reports.
Always place the analysis and interpretations of your field observations within the larger context of the theories and issues you described in the introduction. Part of your responsibility in analyzing the data is to determine which observations are worthy of comment and interpretation, and which observations are more general in nature. It is your theoretical framework that allows you to make these decisions. You need to demonstrate to the reader that you are looking at the situation through the eyes of an informed viewer, not as a lay person.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when analyzing your observations:
(Source: "Writing a Field Report" at http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/fieldreport)