Initiating Ethnographic Research A Mixed Methods Approach

ISBN-10: 0759122016

ISBN-13: 9780759122017

Edition: 2nd 2012

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In integrating qualitative AND quantitative research methods, the Toolkit stands alone.  Most competitors are published by Sage. Other Toolkits exist, but they are limited to one particular discipline (e.g., archeology) or to a specific approach (Flick/Sage’s Qualitative Research Kit, 2007, 1,320 pp., $224). The Ethnographer’s Toolkit addresses much broader issues across the social science disciplines (anthropology, sociology, geography, management sciences, and education).  In covering all the research modalities that ethnographers should utilize to carry out exemplary work, it actually is a set of mixed methods texts. It is far more thorough than both general research methods texts, which allot to qualitative research a small portion of their text, and research methods books in qualitative research and ethnography.  It is easy to read, and includes examples of materials and forms that can be applied immediately as well as many practical examples. Further, it bridges the worlds of applied and basic or university-based research in ways that continue to make the set accessible to users in many disciplines and at varying levels of expertise.There are no texts that highlight the kind of systematic modeling and process of interaction of research models with data collection like book 2, and there no book addresses the broad variety of issues that book 6 covers with reference to the ethical conduct of ethnographic research OR the blow-by-blow application of ethnography to a variety of areas of applied social science. Both of these books, which are new, are sorely needed.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
List of Examples
Introduction
Initiating Ethnographic Research: Models, Methods, and Measurement
Introduction
Ethnography Is Both Inductive and Deductive
Ethnography Is Both Qualitative and Quantitative
Ethnography Operates at the Micro and Macro Level
Ethnography Examines Reported and Observed Behavior
Ethnography Involve Discovery and Representativeness
Ethnography Is Both Theory and Description
Objectivity and Subjectivity
Basic and Applied Research
Summary
Selecting a Research Site and Focus
Introduction
The Researcher Personal Interest and History
Researcher Identity
Researcher Positionality
Requirements of Institutional Affiliation and Funding Sources
Perspectives, Needs, and Priorities of the Study Population
Summary
Preparing for Challenges in the Field
The Research Game Plan or Proposal
Formal Permissions and Approvals; IRBs and Other Review Bodies
Logistics: Support, Housing, and Other Needs
Sponsoring Institutions in the Research Site
Time and Timeline
Personnel: Hiring and Supervision
Preparing for the Collection, Transcription, and Management of Data
Planning for Writing Up Preliminary Results in the Field
Summary
The Ethnographer as Theorist: An Introduction to Modeling Midrange Theory
Introduction
The Ethnographer as Theorist
Selecting a Paradigm
Defining Research Questions and Building a Formative or Local Theory
Summary
Constructing Formative Research Models
Introduction
Developing a Formative Model: Top Down/Bottom Up Construction
Dependent and Independent Domains
Diagramming and Modeling the Formative Research Model
A Note on Generating Hypotheses
Summary
Operationalization and Measurement
Operationalization
Using the Research Model to Frame Research Goals, Objectives, and Hypotheses
Linking Stages in Research Design with Stages in Data Collection
Summary
Mixed Methods Models, Measures, and Case Examples
Introduction
Definitions of Mixed Methods Research
When Should Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Be Used?
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Relating or Sequencing of Multiple Methodologies: Models, Methods, Measures, and Case Examples
The Role of Secondary Data in Mixed Methods Ethnography
Summary
Modeling Ethnographic Intervention Approaches
Introduction
Definitions of Intervention
Ethnographic Intervention Designs
Guidelines for Modeling Interventions
Steps in Designing Interventions: A Systems Analytic Approach to Using Modeling Techniques
Linking Resources for Change to the Independent Variables: Systems Analysis as a "2 � 2 Table"
Operationalizing the Intervention Model
Summary
References
Index
About the Authors and Artists
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