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I’ve had an incredible week, working with incredibly talented people around #Oxford, stimulating new ideas for #research, practice and #engagement. This thanks to a #KnowledgeExchange Fellowship funded by @TORCH @UniofOxford. This week… (thread)
I met Bevan:does brilliant work engaging hard to reach teens in special school in the county. Told me his mum (also works there) is a unrecognised legend. We must value people at the coalface of work with young people,even when not qualified social workers/teachers @PopulateCoop
Spoke @LancasterUni about importance of stability for #education of YP in #care @ReesCentre. Really interesting presentations by @MElliott57, @MattJayResearch & @stefdoebler please look up their important work #ECRFriday. Thanks @DrLCusworth and @ChildFamJustice for the invite.
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Yes! The point of ethnographic fieldnotes is not to describe in detail everything you observed in the field. The point is to gather data to answer your research question (including evidence that might disconfirm your hypotheses).
#TalesFromTheField #Ethnography #gradschool
And so, as @__theince so neatly described, I teach my students to choose from each observation session the ~3 events most relevant to the research question and write those each as short stories with clear characters, action, motivation, context.
Why just ~3? Because that's as many instances as most people can handle writing in good detail. More than that, and the description gets too thin to be useful (or you run out of time). Trust that if an event/interaction is important, you'll see something similar again and again.
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Field note checklist:
- 3 most important events
- Write events as series of vignettes
- Describe w/as much detail as possible
Repeat. Adjust as necessary, depending on what you need

Big shout out to @JessicaCalarco for breaking that down for me. #TalesFromTheField #Ethnography
This formula has proven to be most helpful once I spent some time in the field. Early on, it was hard to determine what was important vs. not. As a result, my earlier notes were incredibly broad. Sometimes they focused too heavily on what I heard (rather than what I saw).
But, even that labor was not necessarily fruitless-- those data matter. But I noticed that pattern after several sessions (and after I talked to advisers). They pushed me to think about better ways to contextualize what happened (and, more importantly, how it happened).
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