Data Collection And Memo

Instructions: For your research project, you will be expected to do a total minimum of 6 hours of participant observation at your field site (ideally, these will occur over 3 different visits, creating 3 separate sets of fieldnotes) and interviews with a minimum of 2 research participants. You may also

collect archival material or artifacts that may be relevant to your project and you would like to use for your analysis. However, everyone’s site, access, and context will be different, so we will

work together to figure out what makes the most sense for your particular project. Copies of

transcripts, fieldnotes, and lists of archival material will be submitted to me for grading, along

with 1-2-page memos for each.


My Major: Teaching and Curriculum in Education Program

Research Topic: Adult English Language Learners (ELLs) with Limited Literacy: challenges

and solutions.

Research Question: What are the challenges and solutions, from students’ and teachers’

perspectives, to acquiring academic language literacy skills for Adult English

Language Learners


The Site Observation: English Language Institute (ELI)

The Participant Observation: Interviewing with students and teachers