On writing fieldnotes: Collection strategies and background expectancies

Title

On writing fieldnotes: Collection strategies and background expectancies

Creator

Wolfinger NH

Publisher

Qualitative Research

Date

2002

Subject

Role; Research; knowledge; qualitative methods; ethnography; field notes

Description

Fieldnotes are a vital part of ethnographic research, yet little attention has been paid to the practical details of note-taking. Exactly how does an ethnographer decide what to write about? This article uses fieldnotes from various sources to show that, irrespective of any formal strategies for note-taking, researchers' tacit knowledge and expectations often play a major role in determining which observations are worthy of annotation. A greater understanding of these dynamics could complement existing trends in reflexive ethnography by increasing insight into the note-taking process.
2002

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

85-95

Issue

1

Volume

2

Citation

Wolfinger NH, “On writing fieldnotes: Collection strategies and background expectancies,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 29, 2020, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12606.

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