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Essential Ethnographic Methods

A Mixed Methods Approach, Second Edition

Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

This is Book 3 of 7 in the Ethnographer's Toolkit, Second Edition.

Essential Ethnographic Methods introduces the fundamental, face-to-face data collection tools that ethnographers and other qualitative researchers use on a regular basis. It provides ethnographers with tools to answer the principal ethnographic questions about setting, participants, activities, behavior, and more. The essential “mixed” methods for collecting data include open-ended and focused listening, questioning strategies, participant and non-participant observation, recording techniques, visual recall, mapping the environments and contexts in which participant behavior occurs, and engaging in ethnographically informed survey research. Because these data collection strategies require ethnographers to become involved in the local cultural setting and to acquire their experience through hands-on experience, the essential tools also allow them to learn about new situations from the perspective of an "insider.” With these detailed instructions, the quality and scope of the data ethnographers collect are sure to be improved.

Other books in the set:

Book 1:
Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction, Second Edition
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 2:
Initiating Ethnographic Research: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Stephen L. Schensul, Jean J. Schensul, and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 4:
Specialized Ethnographic Methods: A Mixed Methods Approach
edited by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 5:
Analysis and Interpretation of Ethnographic Data: A Mixed Methods Approach, Second Edition
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 6:
Ethics in Ethnography: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 7:

Ethnography in Action: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte
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AltaMira Press
Pages: 386Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7591-2203-1 • Paperback • October 2012 • $37.95 • (£24.95)
978-0-7591-2204-8 • eBook • September 2012 • $35.95 • (£24.95)
Jean J. Schensul is founding director and senior scientist at the Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut.
Margaret D. LeCompte is professor emerita of education and sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
List of Tables and Figures
List of Examples
Chapter 1 Essential Data Collection
Chapter 2 Defining and Entering the Field
Chapter 3 Recording and Organizing Ethnographic Field Data: Field Notes, Interviews, Drawings, Visual Documentation, and Survey Data
Chapter 4 Participant Observation and Informal Field Interviewing
Chapter 5 Additional Methods for Collecting Exploratory Data
Chapter 6 In-depth, Open-ended Exploratory Interviews
Chapter 7 Semi-structured Interviews and Observations
Chapter 8 Focus Group Interviews
Chapter 9 Structured Approaches to Ethnographic Data Collection: Surveys
Chapter 10 Sampling in Ethnographic Research
Chapter 11 Defining and Evaluating Quality in Ethnographic Research
About the Authors
The Ethnographer's Toolkit series is designed with you, the novice fieldworker, in mind. In a series of seven brief books, the editors and authors of the Toolkit take you through the multiple, complex steps of doing ethnographic research in simple, reader-friendly language. Case studies, checklists, key points to remember, and additional resources to consult are all included to help the reader fully understand the ethnographic process. Avoiding a step-by-step formula approach, the authors are able to explain the complicated tasks and relationships that occur in the field in clear, helpful ways. Research designs, data collection techniques, analytical strategies, research collaborations, and an array of uses for ethnographic work in policy, programming, and practice, are described in the volumes. The Toolkit is the perfect starting point for professionals in diverse professional fields in social welfare, education, health, economic development, and the arts, as well as for advanced students and experienced researchers unfamiliar with the demands of conducting good ethnography.