Ethnography and Qualitative Design in Educational Research, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Ethnography and Qualitative Design in Educational Research, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by M. LeCompte, Judith Preissle, Renata Tesch, Judith Preissle
     
 

An exciting addition to the field of ethnography, this revised and expanded textbook addresses ethical and theoretical concerns central to research in psychology, sociology, and anthropology - an interdisciplinary approach rarely utilized in other text. Like the First Edition, this book explains ways to collect data, methods for assuring the quality of that data, and… See more details below

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An exciting addition to the field of ethnography, this revised and expanded textbook addresses ethical and theoretical concerns central to research in psychology, sociology, and anthropology - an interdisciplinary approach rarely utilized in other text. Like the First Edition, this book explains ways to collect data, methods for assuring the quality of that data, and the techniques and tools used to organize results, conclusions, and interpretations. The Second Edition diverges in that it demonstrates the delicate yet profound relationship between researchers and the material and participants under study. The authors investigate, interpret, and synthesize how each faction informs and affects the others' behavior, as well as the subsequent affect of these interactions on the results. The book discusses the historical development of ethnography and the fundamentals of how to do qualitative and ethnographic research. Other chapters address the problem of selection and of selection and research design, the issues involved in choosing relevant populations and in selecting and sampling qualitative data, and describe how populations are conceptualized. Resource and references lists are expanded to include the most recent developments. Accordingly, the use of computers as analytic tools is now addressed. This book will be of great value for both students and researchers concerned about the effects of theory and interpretation in the research process.

Key Features
* Explores the investigative traditions and terminologies of the various interdisciplinary fields
* Now includes chapters on critical, postmodern, collaborative, and feministic perspectives on the purposes andimplementation of research
* Contains an expanded use of concrete examples.
* Traces the role of research in cultural anthropolgoy and field sociology to its current use in ethnography, educational anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780124405752
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date:
01/08/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Tables and Figures
Ch. 1Characteristics and Origins of Qualitative and Ethnographic Research in Education1
Origins of Ethnography in Anthropology2
History of the Ethnographic Research Model4
Evolution of Educational Ethnography7
Ch. 2Considerations on Selecting a Research Design30
Clarifying the Language of Research Design30
Formulating Research Purposes and Questions37
Theoretical Influences on the Research Purpose39
General Assumptions Governing the Choice of Social Science Research Design40
Down to the Nitty-Gritty: Determining "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" "Why?" and "How?"54
Ch. 3Selecting and Sampling in Qualitative Research56
Choosing Data Sets57
Using Sampling and Selection68
Ch. 4The Role and Experience of the Researcher86
Researcher Conduct87
The Fieldwork Tradition and Face-to-Face Conduct89
Conditions of Fieldwork90
Access and Entry111
Ch. 5The Role of Theory in the Research Process116
What Is Theory?118
Tacit, Informal, or Personal Theory121
Formal Theory126
How Scholars Use Theory in the Research Process137
Construction and Purpose of the Literature Review151
Ch. 6Data Collection Strategies158
Interactive Methods159
Noninteractive Methods205
Ch. 7Analysis and Interpretation of Qualitative Data234
Beginning the Analysis235
Conceptual Techniques for Qualitative Analysis239
Building an Ethnographic Analysis264
Interpretation of Data and Integration of Findings with Existing Knowledge267
Ch. 8Personal Computers in Qualitative Research279
Data Preparation and Storage282
Segmenting, Coding, and Collating287
Establishing Linkages303
Ch. 9Evaluating Qualitative Design315
Evaluation for Whom316
Evaluation for What322
Evaluation as Conventionally Viewed331
References357
Author Index409
Subject Index419

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