Field reports are written in office environments to state the results and other data obtained from a trip. These reports are also known as field trip reports and are written to summarize details of fieldwork, experiences, observations and conclusions to clarify both type of qualitative and quantitative data collection. Field report is usually written to explain all procedures how different sets of data work together to answer the research questions related to your objectives. Field report can be written on different subjects such as observation of wildlife or evaluation of coal mines etc. Field report may be written on the functions and relations of an organizations network with specific branch. Any kind of field report requires some steps to follow to make sure that the report is effective and professional.
Practical knowledge is as necessary as what students learn in the classroom. The modern education system is working on a collaborative model of theoretical and practical knowledge for better learning of students during their school, college and university life. Practical work requires full attention and interest and the students need to relate the experiences to their theoretical knowledge on the subject. There is one report writing task adjoined to the practical or field work, called Field Report. Students are required to submit a field report to get evaluated for their knowledge of fieldwork they have worked on.
Here is preview of this free Field Report Template created using MS Word,
Field reports are presented after the fieldwork has been performed by the students. This report covers the current fieldwork and all the details, which students have learned. Field reports are a source of evaluation of students’ learning and their performance in the practical fieldwork. Field reports often written and submitted, does not yield good grades. This is because they are not written efficiently and in an effective manner. We will focus on how to write a field report effectively, in the coming few lines. However remember, field reports’ success also depends upon the interest in fieldwork; one needs to pay attention and show full interest while in field otherwise he or she would not have anything to write about in the report.
To write a field report effectively, the first step is to plan your writing. Yeah, you heard me. You also need to do planning in writing; make up your mind, revise all what you observed and learned in the field today and try to categorize all the jumbled facts and figures revolving in your thinking box.
It is a successful and practical approach to divide the report in several portions, which also helps gather material in the field report as well as providing the right space for expressing right learning. The most commonly used sections of a field report are:
- Objective of Field Work
- Background Knowledge
- Equipment Required (if any)
- Discussions and Conclusions
These however can be altered depending upon the type of field work. Other sections can be added or removed from the field report as per requirement.
Another important factor in effective field report writing is to choose correct terminologies and sticking to the point. Do not wander here and there in your report just to add up material in the field report, instead stick to the report’s topic and express only what you have learnt and what your observations are.
Remember, making notes during the field work can be of much help at later times, both during field report writing and also for revising the field experience if ever needed. Also pay attention to the instructor’s instructions and stay interested in the work, since it is going to help you both in field report writing and also in the exams.
Do not commit grammatical mistakes and follow the format instructions if there are any, given by your instructor.
Here is download link for above mentioned report template,