Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0759118698

ISBN-13: 9780759118690

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Jean J. Schensul, Margaret D. LeCompte

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
List of Examples
Introduction
What Is Ethnography?
Ethnography as Science
The Historical Evolution of Ethnographic Methods
Ethnography for Problem Identification and Solving
Characteristics of Ethnography
What Is Culture? Differentiating the Individual from the Cultural
A Note on Ethnicity, Culture, and Race
Power, Situatedness, and Positionality
The Impact of Cultural Politics on Identity and Research
When, Where, and By Whom Should Ethnography Be Used?
Situations Requiring Ethnographic Research
Settings Appropriate for Ethnographic Research
Who Should Do Ethnographic Research?
Important Personality and Stylistic Requisites for Ethnographers
Paradigms for Framing the Conduct of Ethnographic Research
Multiple Perspectives: A Cultural Way of Doing Research
What Are Research Paradigms?
The Positivist Paradigm
The Critical Paradigm
Interpretive Paradigms: Meaning-Making in Interactional Contexts
The Ecological Paradigm
The Social Network Paradigm
A Paradigmatic Synthesis
Summary
An Overview of Research Design
Research Design: A Blueprint for Action
Research Designs in Social Science Research
Quantitative Designs
Qualitative Designs
Rapid or Compressed Research
Mixing Designs: Integrating Quantitative and Experimental with Qualitative Research Designs
Choosing and Designing an Ethnographic Research Project
Where Do Research Questions Come From?
Deciding What to Investigate: Transforming Research Purposes into the Elements of a Research Design
Putting Together the Elements of a Research Design
Elaborating Research Questions
What Are Data?
The Processes of Operationalization and Research Modeling
Conceptualizing Research Models and Conceptual Modeling
Identifying Populations and Study Sites
Strategies for Selection of Sampling and Units for Study
Collecting Ethnographic Data
Techniques for Collecting Multiple Types of Data
Resources and Logistics: How Ethnographers Allocate Time, Money, and Staff
Creating Planning Documents and Timelines
Summary
Data Analysis: How Ethnographers Make Sense of Their Data
Analysis as Both a Cognitive Process and a Technical Procedure
"Chunking" Data into Large Conceptual Categories or "Bins"
Defining Terms: Operational and Conceptual Levels of Analysis
Finding Initial Themes or Regularities
The Item Level of Analysis: Isolating Empirical "Bits" from Streams of Data
The Pattern Level of Analysis: Aggregating Similar or Related Items into Groups
The Structural Level of Analysis: Assembling Multiple Patterns into Structures or Local Theories Informed by Conceptual Domains
Seeking Complex Relationships across Domains and Structures by Using Multiple Levels and Sources of Data
Interpreting the Results: Figuring Out What the Story Means
Levels of Theory
Summary
Identifying and Building Research Teams and Research Partnerships
Building and Conducting Ethnographic Team Research
Building Interdisciplinary Community Research Partnerships
Challenges and Rewards in Ethnographic Teamwork and Interdisciplinary Intersectoral Collaborations
Applying Ethnography
Introduction to Applying Ethnography
Products of Ethnography
Informing Public Audiences: Dissemination
Developing Interventions: Formative Research
Improving Quantitative Instruments
Influencing Teacher/Educator Practice
Democratizing Ethnography through Participatory Action Research
Improving Process and Outcome Evaluations
Influencing Policy
Supporting Advocacy
Contributing to Science
Summary
Protection of Risk to Human Subjects and the Ethics of Ethnographic Fieldwork
A Brief History of Concern for the Ethical Treatment of Research Participants
Ethics and the Individual Researcher
Ethics and Institutional Issues
The Special Concerns and Ethical Responsibilities of Ethnographers
Conclusion
References
Index
About the Authors
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