“It’s Not in the Course Guide!” Reflections from a Dutch Field School on How Students Learn to Do Fieldwork

Elisabet Rasch, Marc Simon Thomas, Gijs Cremers, Bas Verschuuren

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Abstract

In this reflection we unpack students’ first fieldwork experiences and how this parallels a rite de passage. We do so in two domains: (1) students' first fieldwork with a focus on entering the field, staying in the field, and researcher identity; and (2) the impact of fieldwork experiences on students’ professional skills. Two struggles are prominent: letting go of the idea of “objectivity” and learning to deal with the whimsicalities of doing fieldwork.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-386
JournalAnthropology & Education
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date24 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • ethnography
  • field methods
  • first fieldwork
  • rites de passage
  • teaching anthropology

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