Natural History Network
This paper explores current practices for teaching the discipline of keeping field notes within academic natural history courses. We investigate how journal projects can be structured to promote engagement with the natural world while emphasizing the importance of recording accurate and honest observations. Particular attention is paid herein to the assignment of field notes, and to the process of assessing the results of these assignments. Our discussion includes results from an informal survey of best practices among colleagues representing numerous natural history disciplines.
Farnsworth, J., Baldwin, L., & Bezanson, M. (2014). An Invitation for Engagement: Assigning and Assessing Field Notes to Promote Deeper Levels of Observation. Journal of Natural History Education & Experience, 8, 12–20.