Mini-Ethnography

This activity was developed and submitted by Andie S. Malterud from George Mason University.


Learning Outcome(s):

(1) Students will participate in group activities.

(2) Students will be able to gather data and information to target their audience.

(3) Students will practice the Knapp's model of relationship development


Materials Needed: None.


Estimated Class Time Needed: One class period or can be done as an outside class activity with 15 to 30 minutes of in-class discussion.


Instructions for Students: In pairs, go to a public location on campus, preferably one that is busy. With your partner, select a group of two or more people to observe and sit far enough away that you cannot hear their conversation. Spend 15-minutes observing your subjects paying special attention to their nonverbal communication. You and your partner should take extensive notes on the interaction using specific details to support your answers. After 15-minutes have passed, return to the classroom to discuss your findings.


Together, take notes on your observations so that you may answer the following questions: