Core2s15 Translated Field Notes Exercise P1,2,3

JESSICATHEPC - 1Research Methods

  • Compare and Contrast
  • Assimilate into the culture (note: use correct language)
  • Diagramming
  • Experience and Participation
  • Beware of the complexity of perspective (note: two people may watch the same scene but see different important details)
  • Immersion (note: similar to Experience and Participation. Get up and try it)
  • Observing Realities
  • Standing Back (note: observation)

JESSICATHEPC - 2Places to Find Things to Research in the Student Center

  • Club Meetings
  • Food Court
  • Prof’s Place
  • Cafeteria
  • Owl’s Nest
  • The Pit
  • Student Events
  • Info Desk
  • Ballroom


  • Diagrams
  • Conversations
  • Routines
  • Setting
  • Feelings and Self Reflection

Field Notes

A girl walked into the bathroom, used the only handicap stall (even though she saw Elaine, who is in a wheel chair), and then left without washing her hands.

The Pit has 19×3 lights. 5 of them are dead. They are in trios. Each trio of lights has one green light, one orange light, and one white light. They are long and cylindrical. There are 15 flood lights on the ceiling.

As Alexis and I head to the Food Court and the Game Room, we can smell cleaner, burnt Chinese food, and burritos.

A sign for the Game Room tells us that it is Now Open. They have designed it with Pacfont Solid, a font that I have used for other projects. The Game Room is open Monday through Wednesday from 12:00pm to 11:00pm and Thursday through Saturday 9:00pm to 11:00pm. You can follow them @RUStudentCenter and on Facebook at, use #TheGameroom.

There are seven male students playing Smash Bros on the Wii U. Six of them are playing as Captain Falcon the last one is playing as Samus. Five of them are sitting on orange and yellow cushioned chairs, the other two are on white plastic chairs.

Two people, one guy and one girl are playing Halo on the XBOX ONE. They have a table in front of them.

One guy is playing WatchDogs on a PS4. He is sitting in an organ and yellow chair and also has a table in front of him, covered in his text books.

Each gaming booth has a PS4, a Wii, a Wii U, and an XBOX ONE.

All of the games in the Game Room are free. They include, The House of Dead 2, Big Buck Hunter, Bachi, Skee Ball, Silver Striker, 2011 Golden Tee, Frogger, Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Foos Hockey, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, and Dance Dance Revolution Super Nova.

Two students are sitting at a table away from the crowd. The girl is wearing an Espeon hat. They look tired and like they haven’t showered in a few days.

Two TVs play two different stations. One plays Cartoon Network, showing the Regular Show, the other shows TBS, showing Seinfeld.

Interview Notes

Alicia has worked at Rowan University for six years. She is not a student. She enjoys working at RU and only commutes for a few minutes from Glassboro Hollywood.  She says, “This job has taught me a lot about customer service.” She and her friend Sky claim nothing weird ever happens at RU.

Sky commutes from Camden, NJ, a drive she claims takes her twenty minutes. She has worked at RU for three and a half years. “It’s okay. It has its days,” she laughs and nudges Alicia on the shoulder. “Like my co-workers.”

Details about a random person’s hair

Her hair is long, hanging well below the seat of the chair that she is sitting on. She has pushed it behind her shoulders, presumably because it was bothering her. She has thick caramel blonde colored highlights all over her hair, but I can see when she moves her head that they are only on the top layer. Her hair must be styled with gel or mousse because there are no knots, no tangles, and no split ends or frizz. It is straight, almost too straight and I suspect that she spends hours in the morning in front of a mirror with a straightening iron, taking small chunks of her hair and dragging the heated iron from the top of her hair to the bottom.

ReflectionJESSICATHEPC - 8

This was absolutely nerve wracking. I prefer to be mentally prepared when I need to interview people for any purpose ranging from research for school to just asking for directions. Just being on my own in a room full of people, walking around, taking notes, and being noticed, made me very uncomfortable.

Maybe I would have been okay if I had stayed near Alexis.

Maybe I would have been better if I had been given, or had created, a list of questions to ask people.

I know I would have been more comfortable if I had a clear goal instead of a general gathering of information.

I felt better taking notes while I was sitting at a table because it looked more like I was just doing some homework instead of walking around the room taking notes on people.

It really made me think about how prepared I already am for my own project. How I have a brief survey of information on my project page and how I am compiling a list of questions that I would like answers to from others. Rather than making me think about spontaneity and other in-the-moment situations, this really made me focus on preparation and I know I have more to do.


By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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