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O.C. stands for Observers Comments scattered throughout the notes
Memos are longer pieces added to or placed at the end of a set of notes
What do O.C.’s, Memos, and other Materials Contain?
Reflections on analysis – speculate about what you are learning, themes, patterns, connections, additional ideas, thoughts that pop up
Reflections on method – comments about rapport, joys, problems, dilemmas, what’s left to do
Reflections on ethical dilemmas and conflicts – relational concerns dealing with your own values and responsibilities to your subjects
What do O.C.’s, Memos, and other Materials Contain? (cont’d)
Reflections on the observer’s frame of mind – researchers have opinions, beliefs, attitudes, and prejudices which they reveal in their notes (“What you thought doesn’t hold up to the empirical world you are studying.”)
Points of clarification – side notes that clarify something that might have been confusing
“ There comes a point where you have enough data to accomplish what you have set out to do, and the explanation of why you remain is hollow. This is the time to say goodbye and get on to the data analysis.”