For our group’s field observation exercise, we chose our location to be the main foyer of
the Isenberg School of Management here at UMass. We spent about 30 minutes observing
students in this location and taking notes on such things as their actions, gestures, posture, ways
of communication, and many other aspects of their behavior. We compared the similarities and
differences of our notes to come up with a long list of in depth observations about the students
and the way they acted in this environment.
Our observations focused a lot on the student’s communications and interactions with
each other. The Isenberg foyer, as we noted, was a very calm and quiet area where students were
all working at tables, either alone or with a group, on various homework and projects. Most
students were working on laptops, and almost all of them that were working alone had in
headphones, most likely because they were not communicating with anyone else at the time.
Everyone was acting very professionally and studious, although there were a few instances of
people talking loudly and other students passing through the foyer going to and from class that
may have been a distraction to the concentrated students.
This environment was not very diversified, as we believed that almost all of the people
there doing work were students in the Isenberg School of Management, although there was no
signification that they were the only students allowed in the foyer, so basically anyone who
wished to had the right to study and work in there. Since the environment was not very diverse,
there was not r