Then there was another male bear—also on the road to the ferry—which also was, and this seemed to deserve special mention, cinnamon color. Both Marc and Sam used the binoculars again to scan the marsh. Usually they begin simply scanning with their bare eyes, then when there seems to be something, they use the binoculars.
Today, there were pelicans and the white birds from yesterday which were declassified as pelicans. Now they were much too small, compared to the other birds. They were both speaking admirably of these birds, and Sam announced that on Sunday she might take her bicycle to ride on the dikes to the place where the pelicans seemed to stay. Another story was about a humming bird nest which Marc had found and where the young ones were almost fledging. I note that they talk a lot about projects they or people they know are working on.
At one point, Marc talks about a project at Kimberly and there was also another person whom Sam knew who worked on a project. Sam asked, "the same one? She said she didn't know about finishing, but had met her earlier in June and knew that Belle was heading to Central America Costa Rica for a project which didn't pay, but she got her fare paid for.
I catch a rubber boa. It was more lively than the ones Sam had shown in the nature center and the ones we had seen in the lab. I grab a hold of it and call out. Pam comes and also notes the big belly.
She decides that she would empty its stomach later in the lab rather than doing as yesterday. I note that I have some white stuff in my hands, it smells a little which sticks to the hand until later the afternoon.
Sam inspects the boa and notes that it is full of biting marks. She suggests it is from a fight. She puts the boa into the sock, hands me a tag which I shove into the ground next to the rock.
She hands me the thermometer and I stick the end of the wire under the rock. The temperature drops and drops until it reads Sam then measures the distance and absolute angle together with Sylvie and then asks me what the reading was.
I tell her I pull the wire outside, but then Sam says that I should switch the button and put the wire back. So I do that, and note that there is a button that can be switched back and forth.
What I had actually measured was the outside temperature and the inside was Later during the break, she pulled the boa to show Marc the bite marks, when she noted that the boa had coughed up everything and that it smelled putrid. Actually, at this point she remembered that there was an odd smell she had noted earlier but to which she hadn't paid attention. When I haul in the tape, it comes without the metal attached.
Sylvie holds it in her hand, and Sam notes that she had only fixed it with some masking tape because it had broken before. Marc weighed a plastic tray empty, then with the food item which the boa had coughed up in the sock earlier in the day. The food item came to 3. Neither Marc nor Sam can come to a decision whether its a mouse less likely or some other rodent. Pam decides to put it into a formalin solution with some other critters including two lizards she had accidentally killed in the traps.
The boa comes to about 18 g. Sam decides to feed it tomorrow together with Marc, for she wants the boa to have as close as possible the amount it had given off. Sam measures the length of the boa using a wooden meter, one of the ancient ones, then the snout vent length.
Marc notes the length, Sam says something about the right row, but Marc can assure her that it was in the correct row, but he didn't note that it was in the incorrect column. When it came to enter the snout vent length, he was perplexed and I told him that he had entered the data one cell to far to the right.
He reenters the number into the correct one, and writes the snout vent length over the previously noted number in the cell to the right.
The boa craps again after measuring it when Sam asks Marc to hold it. Marc then tells the story of one of his friends who had handled a python. They stretched it, and when it was completely stiff, it crapped and it went straight into his friends face. Reading these notes, readers may find them both unstructured, noting what the day had been, and structured, where I was writing about particular issues highlighted in bold face.
Much of what they know is told in the form of stories, not only what happened to them but also conceptual knowledge and field work method. My entry concerning the use of stories both testifies as much to the presence of stories between Marc and Samantha as to my sensitivity to them.
The notion of projects as an organizing feature also is highlighted as the "processing" of an animal. Other things I noted were not marked as something that was of particular theoretical interest. That is, at the time I was doing the research I did not know that what I was writing would become a salient and important issue in my later thinking. I had simply made the entry without thinking about why this was standing out for me—here, for example, the fact that it was very hot.
But in the very marking the hotness I structured the field of resources, the particulars of which became salient to me only later. Also, in these notes I make a comment about the putrid smell and about the possible dangers of bears. Sometime later, I think I was thinking about the discipline of ecology and then had an association to physical discipline , and most vivid images about the exam rooms where students sit aligned, on hard chairs.
Somehow the word hardship came to my mind, and then I made an association: Michael BOWEN had heard numerous stories of people who dropped out of field ecology because of the exacting toll fieldwork was taking—the idea for an article was born.
The subject matter of the article had emerged, was dawning on me, not because I tried to apply this or that method e. The field note also exemplifies my use of photographic cameras. At the time, it was one of the first affordable digital cameras, which I tried out because I could import the photographs into my laptop computer and into documents while in the field. This was their advantage: After that I abandoned the use of digital cameras, because of the low quality of reproduction, particularly for the purpose of publication and because the amount of memory available did not allow me to take many pictures directly in the field, forcing me to monitor how many pictures I had left.
For the following study, I took several rolls of film and used a SLR camera. Now, however, I am back to using a digital camera. Mine is very small but has sufficient memory for capturing over ultra-high quality images of about 4Mb.
In the field, I use the camera most frequently in a note-taking mode, attempting to capture salient moments rather than attempting to get the right artistic shot. I picture anything and everything and do not mind having multiple images of "the same thing. I also use the camera to photograph documents, which, using an optical character recognition program, can be used to produce searchable images.
This makes me independent of photocopiers and of collecting a lot of sometimes bulky paper and artifacts. This is particularly relevant when the research site is hours away from home or requires a temporary stay in the field.
In this research project, it took me a two-hour wait and ferry ride and nearly ten hours of driving to get to the ecological field station. Thinking about how much to take was therefore an important consideration.
Filing data sources is an important aspect of fieldwork, particularly for people who, like I, attempt to collect a lot and a lot of different materials.
In the present study, I created an html-based system, which allowed me to keep my notes, import any photographs, or link to other documents that could be reached via a simple click. Thus, the field notes reproduced above actually presented themselves as a page in a browser interface subdivided into two windows Figure 3.
On the left, I had a list of the days in the field. By means of a mouse click, the page for the particular day opened, displaying the notes, photographs, and other links. Organizing the materials in this way took a little work, but it allowed me to make linkages and to access a lot of related materials. Even now, years after the actual fieldwork, I can easily find anything I collected or recorded.
In the evenings, I constructed my database including the field notes I was writing and the copies of images and other sources that are linked into the text. The HTML interface organizes the data sources by date and makes links to all the data sources collected on that day.
I use this format to create multiple files, for example, files in which I record initial interpretations, codes, and so on. By means of links I can backtrack from those other files to the original data source. In this way, I establish a close linkage between the ultimate publication and the raw stuff initially collected.
That is, keeping records in this way achieves two features that really matter to me in my research. On the one hand, my data sources become organized an manageable, although they are substantive in many instances—already as a high school teacher, I had produced 3, pages of interview and classroom transcripts in a simple study! On the other hand, I establish structures that allow others to make judgments about the quality of my research.
On the one hand, we both were trained natural scientists, each having obtained a master's degree. This was advantageous, because it provided us with easy entry into the scientific culture.
It also provided a disadvantage in the sense that there was the danger that comes with going or being native. Because we were scientists, we would have come with veils that mediated our perception. But then, because we were scientist in different fields, we had an advantage again, for it turned out that Michael BOWEN and I saw many situations in very different ways—which turned out to be mediated by our different disciplinary origins.
As an ecologist, he was oriented more towards holistic and descriptive understandings despite his statistician training! Thus, evaluating the analogies and examples Samantha and other ecologists gave while interpreting graphs, Michael was looking at their ecological content, whereas I evaluated at the comparability of the analogies in terms of the mathematical structures of source and target situation e. Another reflexive approach was embedded in the way we actually did the fieldwork, particularly during the first year while Michael BOWEN was in the field.
Every night he would send photographs, transcripts, and field notes electronically to me. I read them and, being distant from the field, asked him to elaborate, explain, and justify what he had written.
I also asked him to seek further information on particular issues. That is, whereas he was "on the ground," coping with the everyday life of collecting materials and assisting Samantha, I had a more distant relationship.
This came with two advantages. On the other hand, I already was involved in conceptualizing, seeing similarities across the different documents he sent. The following excerpt from one of my email notes exemplifies this reflexive relation. NOtes Jul 14, As I read this, I was thinking about the relationship of the work you do and knowledge construction and what we ask students to do. Here you guys spend days in the field, flipping rocks and catching a few lizards. You take 'em home and feed them In schools, we not you and I ask students to do a lab in 40 minutes and make sense of it, often in the discovery mode, that is, students are required not just to make sense but to get the right answer too.
There is certainly an imbalance that scientists are allowed and paid for doing things slowly, cogit, and come up with a fact relationship, Kids in schools are supposed to be knowledge producing machines Can you describe the lizard catching technique, i.
You dart for it? I am not sure how the number of toes missing, there is encoded? If 3 toes are to be coded, the following would make sense to me.
So far, I have described some of the features of ethnographic research, the decisions I have made, the contingencies that mediated my research in various ways, and the emergent character of my understanding of what was happening in the situation I tried to understand.
In the following, I provide an example of how I used some of the data sources established during this project in a research article about communication in the scientific workplace ROTH, b. I made use of the materials collected as part of the ethnographic study among ecologists in a variety of circumstances.
In the article exemplified here, I grounded important aspects of my argument in some of the videotaped materials from the study. That is, in this section, readers encounter more of the kind of data sources I established—but I focus on analyzing and interpreting data sources and the construction of the data.
Here, I articulate the background of the paper, provide an excerpt from the manuscript featuring data and analysis, issues in and of transcribing. I had become interested in studying language and communication both in schools and workplaces.
Much of the research especially in schools focuses on communication in terms of words. While I was doing another ethnographic study in a biology laboratory, I was struck by how the researchers appeared to know what others were thinking even without a single word being exchanged. Nothing was being said and, in fact, if someone had talked about what was currently going on—e. That is, I had a sense that there were levels of communication that went beyond simple words, gestures, and body positions.
But what was it and how should it be framed? The call for papers for conference on workplace communication in Glasgow, Scotland, became the occasion to track the issue. The conference was interesting because of its topic and because it was in Scotland, a country I had not visited before.
That is, the paper had its origin in part in my desire to see Scotland, which, if I wanted my travel to be paid out of research grants, required me to present a paper. This may seem a lowly reason, but is in fact an integral aspect of our life as academic, as I know from the conference narratives of my colleagues. Whereas HEATH and GOODWIN had begun to include body orientation and gestural deixis in their analysis of verbal communication, the world in which human agents are embodied is merely taken as ground over, against, and about which the communication takes place.
In my study, based on, and in extension of, my previous research in school science classrooms, I proposed to include perceptual modalities for analyzing communication, which was therefore, consistent with recent work in situated cognition, understood as distributed across verbal, gestural and perceptual modalities.
I wanted to use detailed analyses of workplace situations to support the argument that the unit of analysis for pragmatic studies of communicative action at the workplace should account for all three rather than only one or two of these modalities. Among the data sources to be analyzed, I included the materials from the new ethnographic study. But I remembered that there were many variables in Samantha's work that emerged in the course of her work.
I also remembered a particular incidence while the variable "rock pile" emerged in and through the interactions with a research assistant. I went back to the videotape and original transcript, and, because I wanted to show how the variable emerged in real time, made a refined transcript that followed the conventions of conversation analysis CA.
Thus, I chose CA because not so much on explicit grounds but based on a sense that what I was going to do would be recognizable as CA. The following excerpt from my manuscript exhibits a small piece of the data and the text that followed. Though as a research assistant, Belle's status is not that of an equal, Sam takes her input Belle nods as a valid case of categorization. Belle then suggests a possible operationalization line Her utterance in fact offers a structure for going about doing the operationalization rather than an operationalization: That is, the vague language serves interactive purpose e.
Sam does not respond at first; she then articulates her concern with the fact that she has already done a number of sites line That is, she has already collected the measures she wanted at a range of sites without having collected the information as to whether a capture site is in a rock pile or not.
She raises an additional concern: An alignment with Belle does not yet exist. But each instant requires a renewed interaction as to the particulars of the specific classification. As the situation unfolds, Sam and Belle briefly talked about whether it would make sense to bring in junior naturalists to resample all previous sites to get the information missing because of the introduction of a new variable.
The next episode relevant to the nature of rock piles arises when they attempt to make their first classification line Sam questions whether a particular lizard capture site lies in a rock pile or not. Rather than beginning with the criterion stated earlier by Belle line 05 , she draws on her embodied sense to make two contrasting classifications. By using an indicator of propositional attitude Jucker et al. This text was shaped by my intent to write an analysis that will arrive at an empirical account that ideally contains three elements: Here, the text that follows the data has two complementary functions.
First, it articulates what is there in the data to be seen; it is a way of describing the material reality of the transcript and photographic materials to shape what becomes salient to the reader. Second and related, it is a way of teaching readers how to look at these materials to see what the author I suggests to be seen. No eBook available Amazon.
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