Ethnography is a design that utilizes a traditional field study approach to gathering data. In this type of study the researcher’s objective is to describe, in rich detail, a particular place, event, or population. This allows the researcher to develop a deep appreciation of the culture or place that is the focus of the study. In ethnographic studies, data is collected using such methods as observing participants and interviewing participants.
Key to this design is ethnography’s methods of gathering data are intensive observation and intensive interviewing – over a period. Because of this ethnography becomes a process with the aim of understanding a population, place, or a significant issue from participants’ perspectives. This, in turn, provides the researcher with a cultural explanation and understanding of the population or issue being examined, from a rich narrative description. In this sense, ethnography goes beyond the basic reporting of events and specifics of participant’s experiences. This understanding of culture, through this depiction, is what is referred to as an emic perspective. The emic perspective is what researchers refer to as the insider viewpoint — how the event or issue might look from the point of view of the participants (Deitrick; Bokovoym Stern, & Panik 2006).
Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
Deitrick; Bokovoym Stern, & Panik (2006). Dance of the call bells Using ethnography to evaluate patient satisfaction with quality of care. J Nurs Care Qual, 21, (4), pp. 316–324.
All resources for this week:
Creswell, J.W. 2013 Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among the five approaches.
Read Chapter 6 and Appendix E
Atkinson, P., Coffey, A., Delamont, S., Lofland, J., & Lofland, L. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of Ethnography. http://srmo.sagepub.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/view/handbook-of-ethnography/SAGE.xml
Wang, X. (2013). The construction of researcher–researched relationships in school ethnography: doing research, participating in the field and reflecting on ethical dilemmas. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, (26)7, 763-779. http://dx.doi.org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.1080/09518398.2012.666287
Outline the Essential Elements of Ethnography
For this assignment you will review Wang (2013), which utilizes ethnography. You will dissect it to show the essential elements needed to conduct an ethnographic study in a manner that identifieseach essential element, sensitivities, and ethical consideration, for your participants.
Wang, X. (2013). The construction of researcher–researched relationships in school ethnography: Doing research, participating in the field and reflecting on ethical dilemmas. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, (26)7, 763-779. http://dx.doi.org.proxy1.ncu.edu/10.1080/09518398.2012.666287
You will conclude this assignment with a separate, 1-page assessment of whether this research design would be appropriate to use with the research topic of interest to you that you submitted in Week 1.
Length: 5-7 total pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to the topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be careful to adhere to Northcentral’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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Course Learning Outcomes associated with this assignment:
1.0. Identify the five qualitative research designs.
2.0. Apply qualitative research methods to your identified research problem and evaluating research.
4.0. Analyze ethics in the researcher-participant relationship.