While I found all of the comments on this topic of interest, I apparently did not explain my issue very well. I am not asking about methods of data collecting; we already do a number of them in the course experientially and successfully. The problem deals with how to improve the level of analysis of their data in these undergraduate students. What complicates the matter is my need to do this with very limited time; I don't want to give up much of the essential nature of the course, that is the emphasis on methods.These students will all be required to take theory courses,and I don't want to turn this into a full blown theory course. But, for me anyway, good ethnographic writing and research always moves back and forth between data and theory. I would like my students to experience some of this instead of writing long, and dry, descriptions of their observations and interviews. I am looking for suggestions about how to introduce a modicum of this into the course. I suppose that Ariel comes the closest to offering a suggestion that I can use (although Geertz is notorious for writing in a way that nobody else can really imitate).