Good Morning!

In class:

  • Turn in a one-page response (HW grade) to Tony Mirabelli's, "Learning to Serve: The Language and Literacy of Food Service Workers" 538-556.

This is the prompt:

While Johns focused on participation in academic Discourses and Wardle focused on participation in white-collar, professional Discourse, Mirabelli chooses to focus on participation in a restaurant Discourse. Why? What is he contributing to the conversation on Discourses by doing so?
  • Discuss and turn in Annotated Bibliography of 5 sources in APA format. At least 2 of these sources must be scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • I will also check your research log for entries and progress
  • Discuss and develop interview questions

Research Journals/Field Notes

Now that we have proposed to research a discourse community, we must now begin to conduct our ethnography. Every student will be responsible for keeping a research log.

In this research journal, you will track all your data collection activities. You will take notes at meetings; you will collect emails, instant messages, text messages, memos, and agendas, to name a few forms of communication.

Take notes on your research techniques and write down questions as they come into your mind. Track your course of progress and think about what or how you would like your research to develop.


Interview Questions

  • What makes for a good interview?
  • Be prepared
  • Record the session (audio or video)

Homework for Thursday 11/1

  • Develop 10-15 Questions that you may want to ask your interviewee. Be thoughtful and contemplative with your questions. Not only ask questions that provide information, also ask questions that provoke thought? Use "how" and "why" questions.
  • If you have not already done so, begin searching for interview subject and setting up your interview meeting time. Do Not Procrastinate! It would be a good idea to set up the interview sometime this week, but have it done no later than November 6...your paper is due November 9. Be sure and keep track of emails and messages. Include them in your journal.
  • Continue to write all observations, ideas, and reflections in your research journal.