Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Transferring to Illinois State University
Author(s):Learned, John; Brunken, Amber; French, Jenna; Britton, Josh
Subject(s):transfer student
transfer path
Illinois State University
ANT 285
Fall 2009
Abstract:This project’s main focus is to better understand the complexities of transferring to Illinois State University. Research will be conducted through interviews, with transfer students and university staff who work with transfer students, observations of transfer events (i.e. Transfer Day), and analysis of scholarly journals. The data collected will be of interest to Illinois State University current transfer students. The data collected will provide insight into the “transfer-path” that each transfer student takes.
Issue Date:2009
Course / Semester:The objective of this course is to provide students with hands-on training in ethnographic methods and writing and to help students become critical readers of ethnographic research. Instead of attempting to present a whole smorgasbord of research methods or to survey the vast literature on ethnographic fieldwork, we focus on a small selection of techniques that are central to much anthropological fieldwork (field note taking, participant observation, interviewing, mapping) and that are most useful and relevant for students' semester projects. Other techniques and issues are discussed and incorporated as they emerge from students' own research inquiries. Students will not conduct a full-blown research project but instead will get “a taste” of ethnographic research through a series of ethnographic exercises and students' own mini-project. At the end of the semester, students write an ethnographic research report based on their findings and reflections on the research process. This course is affiliated with the EUI and, as a part of this initiative, students are asked to try their hand at ethnographic research about their own institution, Illinois State University.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-06-12

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