I’ve come to the conclusion that field research […] is really quite complicated. So much of how you portray yourself, what you do or don’t do, etc., can affect the data and observations.
These are links to online portfolios kept by BYU Field Studies students, both during their preparation course and their time in the field.
Sp/Su 2012 Groups:
Eric Call, German furniture-design
Michael Walters, Berlin Divided
Kayla Cardon, English, Renaissance Cosmology and Literature
Averyl Dietering, English, The Renaissance Body as Architecture
Adriana Hedges, Statistics (Masters Program), Experimental Design
Natalie Johansen, Fine Arts, Creative Writing: the Classical British Essay
India – Tibet
Roseanna Hopper, Ecuador
Carlee Jones, Uganda
Adriana Lovo, El Salvador, The Water in El Salvador
Krista Malyon, Uganda
Joshua McKinney, Russia, Tribes of Israel
Jennifer Playstead, American Studies, France
rem, India, Indian Literature
Victoria Branham, Neuroscience, Perceptions of the Elderly
Elise Cope, Environmental Science/Mathematics, Traditional Medicine
Victorya Hafoka, Public Health, Health Education in Secondary Schools
Winter 2012 Groups:
Melissa Swan, Early Christian and Byzantine Art in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey
Kevin Clites, Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, Oman
Fall 2011 Groups:
Heather Gemperline, Dance Education, Dance
Katie McDiarmid, Exercise Science, Pain
Rebecka Rönndahl, French/ Development, Education
Sarah Bowers, Humanities, Italy
Kirsten Parkinson, Early Childhood/Special Education, Mexico
Sp/Su 2011 Groups:
Douglas Baughman, Neuroscience, Malaria in rural Ghana
Corrine Christison, Anthropology, Changes in Dance in rural Ghana
Michelle Farnsworth, Geography, Development Efforts in Ghana
Deidre Hegstrom, Public Health, Availability of Maternal Health Services in Ghana
India (Tibetan Community)
Kristen Cardon, English Teaching, Technology in Exile: Tibetan Digital Literacy
Bonnie Ross, Dietetics, International Development, Affects of Change in the Tibetan Diet
Rachel Rueckert, English, Anthropology, Stories of Dharamsala, India
Megan Tyler, International Relations, International Development, Tibetan Refugee Assimilation
Elizabeth Watson, English, Ballroom Dance, Traditional Tibetan Medicine
Abraham Contos, International Relations, Institutional Sources of Political Instability
Averyl Dietering, English, Classical Studies: Latin Option, Jane, Mary, and Elizabeth: The Dynamics of Power, Religion, and Gender in Tudor England
Jess Gamez, Anthropology, Identity in Multi-Ethnic Navajo Youth
Margaret Johnson, Anthropology
Hailey King, Anthropology, Abortion in New Zealand
Steven Marshall, Psychology, Film, Satisfaction and Unity Within Brazilian Families
Robyn Richardson, Public Health Education, Latin American Studies, HIV and Women in India
Natalie Schultheis, Lingusitics and Latin American Studies, Maternal Dreams for Daughters
Barbara Simmons, Exercise Science, Physical Activity to Core Stability: A comparative study
Jenna Mattes, Geography, Spatial Distribution of School Quality
Jackie Saunweber, Public Health, International Development, Perceptions of Breastfeeding in an HIV-endemic population
Heather Williams, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Rugby, Values, and Masculinity
Michelle Aliaga, Sociology, Visual Arts, Cross-cultural Conceptions of Female Power
Annie Christensen, Physical Education Teaching/Coaching, History Teaching, Causes of Obesity in Tonga
Daniel Hansen, Physiology & Developmental Biology, Diabetes in Tonga
Allyson Miller, Family Life, Psychology, Aggression Norms in Tongan Children
Nick Tanner, Landscape Management, Business Management, Perceptions of Landscape Development in Tonga
(Name and blog, major, minor, title of project)
Recent Posts on Student Blogs
Research Methods …
by Tanner Cook
by Sarah Bowers
Isn’t it ironic that when one talks about “Romans” you always picture the Romans of antiquity and not the ones living right now? I apologize to those of you who were wanting me to write about what Romans wore in the golden age, but I’m going to disappoint you.
by Katie McDiarmid
Sounds don’t seem to bother them as much as it bothered me. Music in taxis and trotro’s is always at an uncomfortable level, and even when we converse with our drivers, they don’t seem to be distracted whatsoever by whatever they blare on the radio.
by Robyn Richardson
The kids wanted us to play games with them so I taught them “Thumb War.” Big mistake. I’ve played that game 100 times last week. I knew it was a hit when I was standing at a bus stand and a kid I’d never met came up and said, “Auntie…war.”
This land was made for you and me
by Jenna Mattes
In Duncan village I stepped out on the sidewalk to take pictures and within a minute there was a crowd of people staring down at me. I understand why I was not welcome; it is their territory, their own culture which they feel needs protection.
by Kristen Cardon
One Friday I ended up at a Jewish Shabbat feast, and another time I walked the kora on the most auspicious day in Tibetan Buddhism. I’ve been to Hindu temples, Sikh temples, and the great Muslim tomb that is the Taj Mahal.
by Kristen Cardon
“So you are a student here?”
“You live with a Tibetan family?”
“That is good. You cannot get a 100% education from textbooks. If you only read books, your education is not complete.”
What I am doing now
by Melissa Swan
I don’t want to make more stuff, I want to do things that somehow contribute to my community. So why am I making 500 paintings then? Isn’t that more stuff?
Interviews might be harder than I thought
by Nick Tanner
In Tonga it’s easy to get access into the community when you live with a host family. Most people know each other because they’re members of the same church, went to school together, or are somehow related.
by Robyn Richardson
I wonder what people would think about the right to religion if they heard a Muslim prayer call five times a day, or if their Hindu neighbors smeared cow dung on the driveway/sidewalk. My neighborhood would complain without a moment’s hesitation.
by Julia Merrill
I suppose I didn’t expect families here to be much different. So what was I here to learn? I think that I just wanted to see HOW families accomplish these things and live their day-to-day lives. Did I see that?
Researching without a Library
by Averyl Dietering
On my mid-semester retreat to Scotland, my backpack was taken. And thus began part two of my UK adventures.