Fieldwork Report

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Fieldwork Report

Instructor: Anna Blevins

Fieldwork Report Dates

  • Draft 1 of Fieldwork Report: March 17
  • Draft 2 of Fieldwork Report: March 22
  • Fieldwork Report Due: March 26

1106 Fieldwork Report Guidelines

Length/Formatting: at least 6-7 full, double-spaced pages in 12 pt, Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins.

Other: Formal tone/first person pronouns acceptable, but use sparingly

  • An Introduction—establishes purpose of research/fieldwork and defines the problem/states research question.
    • Why did you choose your topic? What did you intend to discover through your fieldwork?
    • What specifically is the purpose of your research? (Explanation of research question)
    • Explain your pre-fieldwork hypothesis/assumptions about the issue.
    • Based on your fieldwork research and topic-related goals, what is your thesis for this report?
  • A Methods section—shows how research was conducted; how many people chosen and why, how questions were developed for surveys/interviews, reasons behind talking to certain people over others, places visited (at what times, how long observed), etc.
    • What strategies did you use to complete your fieldwork?  (Describe, in detail, how you did what you did and why)
    • How well suited were your fieldwork methods to investigating your topic?
  • A Results section—reports the findings, using tables, graphs and other visual media. Most of your analysis should take place in the discussion section, but it is important to give brief explanation as you present your findings.
  • Limit yourself to 1.5 pages worth of visuals unless you intend/end up going over the suggested report length of 6-7 pages with actual writing.
  • A Discussion section—interprets the findings by explaining how they relate to the question. Typically, discussion explores the most important finding first and explains how it relates to the research question (Keep in mind that this should all tie back to your thesis).
    • What is the significance of your findings and interpretation of the results of your fieldwork?
    • Explain (in a well-thought out manner) how all your data ties together to support the conclusion you arrive at about your issue/topic.
    • What are your strongest examples that support your analysis? What makes those examples strong?
  • A Conclusion—summarizes the main findings and points out implications.
    • Why are your findings relevant to your potential/intended audience?
    • What kind of writing needs to come next on your topic?
    • How can your topic be expanded into a larger context?
  • Reference Page: This is where you cite all sources used in your report. Use the following links for citation formatting:

Note: The sample paper in CTW on pg 478 is a good example (minus the lit review) of a fieldwork report as is the one in CAVT on page 26.