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2Anthropology 104 | Field Work Project 2
Research Question 1How do students from different geographic locations/hometowns view gender identity?Activity & Location For my participant observation I will interview students outside of memorial union.Research Question 2How do people’s ideas of gender identity change throughout different campus atmospheres?Activity & LocationFor my participant observation I will interview students at different locations that can already give me some background for the students. Like, outside a sorority house or outside a fraternity house.Journal 2.3 | 1stFieldnotesInstructions & ExpectationsParticipant ObservationIt’s now time to conduct your first participant observation based on your research question and the activity/location you have chosen.Do your activity for one hour. Next week you will return to the same location for a second round of participant observation.Taking Field NotesField notes are what anthropologists write down in response to what they do, see, hear, and think. They are a form of recorded data, and anthropologists can continue to analyze them long after they have completed their participant observation. Take field notes while you do you your activity, or immediately after completing the activity. Everyone writes field notes differently. Some anthropologists make very detailed notes. Others just jot down quick pointsto help jog their memory later. Some people's notes describe what they observe quite literally , while others are more abstract (for example, they might include drawings or charts).It's up to you to decide how to take field notes and you may want to experiment with different styles.Succeeding in your Participant ObservationHere are some questions & ideas that may help you: What is your activity like, physically? How do you feel doing it? How might the way you are experiencing this activity be different from the ways other people experience it?What are other people doing? Why are they doing it? How are other people interacting with each other? What do you think the relationships between the other people are? How might aspects of other people’s identities (e.g. gender, age, etc.) be shaping their involvement in the activity and their interactions with one another?What's the space around you like? How do the characteristics of the space – for example, if it’s inside or outside, big or small – shape what people are doing there? What are the sights, sounds, and smells? How does what you're noticing help you answer your research question? What ideas do you have at this point?What else do you notice? Write down anything that sticks out to you as interesting or important.You have two options for submitting your field notes:You can type your notes into the space below and upload your journal to the Canvas assignment for Journal 2.3 (doc, docx, PDF) ORyou can submit a photo or scan (pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, tiff) of your handwritten notes to the Canvas assignment for Journal 2.3.