As the new academic year is about begin we take a moment to reflect on some of the fieldwork conducted by our MSc students in 2015. Laura Chilintan and Tanushree Sarkar have kindly agreed to share their pictures and experiences of gathering data for their dissertations.
Laura’s fieldwork was conducted in Romania where she explored social representations of communities which have experienced relatively recent ruptures, in order to understand the ways in which people re-built a ‘sense of community’. To elicit them, she asked people to recount recent histories of the village’s life. She recorded twenty-seven unstructured interviews and conducted participant observation for two weeks, in two villages. Laura describes her experience:
“Despite my slight anxiety about going there alone, and about gaining entry to the communities, the experience was marvellous. Not only did I manage to collect the necessary data, but it was personally enriching. I hope my pictures convey some of the excitement of this experience“.
The following pictures document Laura’s research:
Tanushree conducted her fieldwork with seventh grade students from two private schools in New Delhi, India. The students were asked to draw an intelligent and ordinary student for her work on children’s conceptions of intelligence, linking implicit theories of intelligence to social representations.
Many thanks to Laura and Tanushree for kindly offering to share their pictures.
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