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Field Notes refer to the transcribed notes or the written account derived from data collected during

observations. There are many styles of field notes, but all field notes generally consist of two parts:
descriptive in which the observer attempts to capture a word-picture of the setting, actions and
conversations; and reflective in which the observer records thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns based
on the observations.

What to look for when doing observations/field notes?


1. Physical setting.
2. Activities.
3. Formal interactions.
4. Informal interactions and unplanned activities.
5. Nonverbal communication.
6. Observing what does not happen.

Guidelines for content part of field notes:


1. Describe the setting.
2. Describe the activities that took place in that setting. Reproduce the sequence of actions and behaviors.
3. Describe the people who took part in the activities and their roles in the activities.
4. Describe the meaning of what was observed from the perspective of the participants.
5. Record exact quotes or close approximations of comments that relate directly to the observation
activity.
6. Describe any impact you might have had on the situation you observed.

SAMPLE FIELD NOTES ACCOUNT

FIELD NOTES ANALYSIS – (Dagcutan, Duerme, Elivera)

Date: Time:
Topic: Place:

Description of Description Activities that Observation Description of Describe any


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participants.
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